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The Nostalgia Files: ‘Joe Versus the Volcano’ (1990)

25 May 2014 11:52 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Joe Versus the Volcano

Written and directed by John Patrick Shanley

USA, 1990

Once upon a time, Tom Hanks was a comedic actor. From the early 1980s until about the early 1990s, Hanks made a name for himself as a goofy, fun-loving everyman. This streak continued until about 1993 when he won his first Academy Award playing an AIDS victim in the very laugh-free Philadelphia. This film marked the beginning of “serious Hanks” and the lovably dopey actor from the 1980s seemed to have evolved. One of the actor’s last full-on comedic roles was in the highly underrated romantic adventure Joe Versus the Volcano, a film critics weren’t too fond of during its 1990 release; however, it did strike it big as a cult favorite.

Joe Banks (Hanks) is a depressed hypochondriac who works at a dreary factory office in Staten Island. He couldn’t be more miserable and he works »

- Randall Unger

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