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Simple Men (1992)

Bitter about being double-crossed by the women he loved, (and with the police after him to boot), Bill vows to seduce the next woman he sees, then throw her away. His brother Dennis, ... See full summary »

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Bitter about being double-crossed by the women he loved, (and with the police after him to boot), Bill vows to seduce the next woman he sees, then throw her away. His brother Dennis, meanwhile, is equally determined to track down their long lost father, a revolutionary who has been in hiding for 20 years. For different reasons, both leave New York and head for Long Island, out of money, and short on ideas. D:"Long Island is a a terminal moraine." B:"What's that?" D:"It's the material left behind when a glacier recedes." D:"Gee, then what the hell are we waiting for?" Written by Stuart Criley <scriley@welchlink.welch.jhu.edu>

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There's no such thing as adventure and romance, only trouble and desire.

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Begär, besvär och enkla män  »

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$141,554 (USA)
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"There's no such thing as adventure. There's no such thing as romance. There's only trouble and desire." It's probably the best-known phrase of this movie, but actually it's a quote from Fritz Lang's movie Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922). See more »

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Bill McCabe: Look, you'll take care of that motorcycle, will ya?
Dennis McCabe: Fuck you, I wanna play pool.
Bill McCabe: You don't play pool, you shoot pool.
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Some Kinda Fatigue
Performed by Yo La Tengo
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Hal Hartley's Magnum Opus
3 November 2012 | by (Sacramento,CA) – See all my reviews

I could have sworn that I had already written a review of this, my favorite Hal Hartley film, but apparently have not.

I first watched the film when it was broadcast on the New York PBS station in the early 1990's, and had recorded it (using the high-tech method of the time, with a VCR). When I initiated my hosting of "Weird Movie Night" as a recurring event for my friends and coworkers, 'this' was the first film shown. Like myself, most of the viewers were shocked, having never seen anything like it before. A film where the dialog is as much of the effect as the visual portion. Some of the viewers writhed and yelled out in pain, others laughed at specific scenes (I always laugh at the parts when "Stu the bus driver", I mean 'the sheriff' talks about his relationship issues).

I feel that this is Hal's most 'intelligent' film, with the scenes, script, and background music all syncing up perfectly. It is not a film to watch just to let your mind 'blank' and be fed without question, but makes 'you' think and analyze what you're watching. If that's not the viewing experience you're looking for, one can always rent/download "Die Hard 3".

For those who feel that the film is 'unreal' regarding the character portrayals, I'd counter that they are 'more real' than those shown in the standard Hollywood-released films, which either 'smooth out' their character's personalities, or push them to the extreme. This film doesn't try to make the characters or their interactions 'perfect', but shows them as they are, and what occurs when different personalities are placed together.

Some reviewers state that the film had no meaning or resolution, but I find it (at least at the end) to be very obvious. So I don't spoil it for those who haven't viewed the film yet, or figured out the ending, I'll just suggest that you look at the older brother's coat and think about what 'he' is about to do, just before his final decision.

If you are a fan of Hal Hartley, and want to raise your children with an appreciation of his type/genre of film, obtain the 2 DVD sets of "The Adventures of Pete and Pete" (seasons 1 and 2) which were filmed around the same time period as "Simple Men", and have at least 2 actors from the film in at least 1 episode (not difficult to pick them out).


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