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Disparity between the rich and poor has been around forever. These days
it seems to be growing each day. Ideally we should all be able to
peacefully coexist, but we don't live in that world right now. There
have been a number of books and films made on the subject. Some treat
the issue very seriously, others satirically. Take this film, based on
the French play 'Boudu sauvé des eaux' and film of the same name. It
involves a wealthy Beverly Hills family taking in a homeless man. The
result is a smart, often funny satire.
Pros: Great work by the cast. Intelligent script. Steady direction. Good score and soundtrack. Some good satire. Some particularly memorable moments, like the massage scene. Well paced.
Cons: Dated in some aspects. Contrived ending.
Final thoughts: With a cast like this one, how could they miss? Fortunately, they didn't by a longshot. Really great satire isn't easy to come by. This is an example of one that soars more than flops. The hair and decor date it some, but it holds up well otherwise.
My rating: 4/5
A modern look at the Dinner at 8 comedies of poking fun at the class system. An inside comical look at the filthy rich and the filthy poor. The overall moral of the film is that there is no difference between the classes when both worlds are living a lie. Trying to be something you're not and the struggle for class identity is the moral. All the characters, rich and poor are searching for that throughout the film.
To this is one of the great movies(another example would be "Ferris Buellers Day Off"), that manages to be purely entertaining from beginning to end. Not really loaded with laugh out loud gags or thought provoking drama, its just plain fun all the way through.
This movie is hilarious! Richard Dreyfuss is wonderful as the neurotic husband who brings Nolte home to live with them. The funniest line: "Call 911!!". Midler also entertains as the bored wife who falls for Nolte. Some of the funniest parts come from Matisse, their dog. If your looking for a light , amusing comedy, this entertains.
Fun satire from director Mazursky with all three stars giving their best, especially Dreyfuss, who made a true comeback with this as a ritzy neurotic who saves bum Nolte's life, then watches as his life and world are turned upside down. Good clean fun!
Hardly one of Nick Nolte's proudest moments. Nor any of the other stars, as a matter of fact. It's not their fault; they're all hampered by a rotten script. The movie isn't funny enough to be a comedy, but there really isn't enough of a plot as such to carry it as a drama. Events in this movie just sort of happen with little lead-in or follow-up, and it fails to even wrap up satisfactorily. Absolutely not worth sitting through the highly irritating opening theme music. ...Still, the dog really is cute.
It's difficult to decipher why so many critics seemed to love this
disappointing comedy. Nick Nolte stars as Jerry Baskins, a bum
"rescued" by wealthy David Whiteman (Richard Dreyfuss) after a suicide
attempt in the rich man's swimming pool. The next thing he knows, Jerry
is invited to live with the Whitemans, including horny housewife
Barbara (Bette Midler). Soon everything is turned upside down for
The premise is good enough, but the movie lacks... oh, what do you call it... oh yeah, laughs. Despite trying, it's consistently unfunny and downright boring at times. None of the characters is particularly likable, either. Don't bother seeing this one; instead, pile it up with the others in the "could have been good" bin.
Americanization of the 1932 French comedy "Boudu sauvé des eaux", based on the play by René Fauchois, is one of Paul Mazursky's most misguided ventures (although it was a big hit in 1986, a time when the words 'Beverly Hills' were a current catchphrase at the cinema). Wealthy, pampered, but highly dysfunctional denizens of Southern California take in a hobo who has tried to drown himself in their swimming pool. Upon moving in, the now-cleaned up bum/con-artist discovers he's more normal than his filthy-rich patrons. Paint-by-numbers filmmaking, done up in loud colors. Richard Dreyfuss, Nick Nolte and, particularly, Bette Midler do everything they can with meager material. *1/2 from ****
This supposed "satire" lacks two things that are essential for a satire: a target and a purpose. The fact that it's even today considered to be a "satire" is extremely puzzling; I wonder if there is one person who saw this film and understood what exactly this movie was meant to satirize. But the movie has other problems, besides its utter pointlessness; the most serious one is that it's rarely funny. It adds up to a rambling collection of episodes, most of which are passable and watchable enough, but none of which is funny or meaningful or strong enough to stop the film from sinking. A waste of time.
Rich couple Richard Dreyfuss and Bette Midler have to cope with their
teenage son whose dream is to become a filmmaker, a little dog...and a
homeless bum of the streets (Nick Nolte) who has decided to move into
house. Long story. Unfortunately, getting there isn't all that fun. The
are all very routine - I laughed a handful of times. Dreyfuss and Midler
Nolte are all superb actors (well, good actors, anyway), which makes me
wonder why they signed onto this.
* * 1/2 out of * * * * *
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