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G. Gordon Liddy and Jill Schoelen in a very bizarre juvenile version of "Rear Window"
lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile
18 April 2010
I almost never review movies like this since, despite its PG-13 rating,
this is definitely a kid's movie. But it is actually a very weird and
subversive kid's movie, not so much in the story-line as in the
casting. A layabout teenager and his dim-witted friend "Shoup" are
enlisted to take over his workaholic little brother's paper route.
While delivering the papers, they run across a man who the protagonist
recognizes as a notorious drug dealer who is believed to be dead.
Nobody believes him though so the movie turns into a juvenile version
of "Rear Window" as the hero tries to get evidence to prove it.
There are two main points of interest to this movie. The first is the
presence of actress Jill Schoelen. Schoelen was a very appealing young
actress in the late 80's and early 90's who appeared in a string of
superior horror movies--"The Stepfather", "Cutting Class", "Popcorn",
and "When a Stranger Calls Back". Unfortunately, whenever she stepped
out of the horror genre she was usually relegated to much more bland
"love interest" roles like the one she plays here. She may as well have
been credited as "set decoration" in this particular movie.
But the movie also features in the role of the drug dealer, G. Gordon
Liddy. Yes, THE G. Gordon Liddy--the former Watergate conspirator who
once tried to arrange to have a hit put on himself (worried, I guess,
that he couldn't keep his own mouth shut). In the 90's Liddy had a
brief career as a right-wing radio talk-show host and he got in trouble
for advising his listeners how to shoot federal agents in the head
(this was right before the Oklahoma City bombing). I still like him
better than Rush Limbaugh though, and if this movie is any indication,
he should have had some future in acting. In any event, it was an
inspired bit of casting putting this nut-job ex-CIA lawman in the role
of a notorious drug dealer. This isn't a great movie, of course, but
it's currently available on VHS on Amazon for .99 (cheaper than blank
tape!). See it for G. Gordon and Jill.
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