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Maybe it's just because I like Dan Aykroyd: I have never seen a movie with
him that I did not enjoy. I decided to put in a few lines of appreciation
for this one, considering the bad reviews read here.
It certainly is not the ultimate masterpiece of comedy but I found it
thoroughly enjoyable, and despite the fact that I was very tired it kept
watching it until 2am.
I got quite a lot of chuckles out of this movie. But does that make it a
really good flick? Not necessarily. It's better than most people say it is
(well, the few people who've seen it). Hell, I figured "Jack Lemmon's in
the cast. How bad can this movie be?" Dan Aykroyd's career definitely
isn't as successful as it was in the seventies--his SNL days. I still think
he's very talented, but like Chevy Chase he's starting to fall into that
ditch with other has-been SNL alumni of the seventies. Lily Tomlin is
another veteran comic, but let's face it--what was the last big movie she
was in? I love Dan and Lily, but they're two people who wouldn't surprise
me if they were to do a bad movie, despite their talents.
But actually, this isn't a bad movie at all. People may criticize the subject matter involving Nazi Genocide, but I'm flexible when it comes to comedy. I have a pretty dark sense of humor myself, and I don't mind dark humor at all and believe that almost anything can be made funny if handled in the right manner. "All in the Family" is one of the most successful sitcoms of all time, and the show constantly dealt with the subject of racism.
There are a good deal of funny moments, though worthy of chuckles and not laughs. But the movie just lacks a certain energy. I can't point out exactly what could've been done better, but the film just has a bland feeling to it. It needed more bite.
The acting is great, though. Aykroyd gives an enthusiastic performance. Lemmon performs the same way he would in any of his Oscar-winning films. And Tomlin is impressive as well, in a role that requires her to be somewhat dramatic and not the goofball she usually plays. So basically, what we have is a first-rate cast in a second-rate movie.
As I said, not a bad movie--just needed more bite.
My score: 6 (out of 10)
This is a rather mild and forgettable comedy, but I think it deserves a **1/2 rating, if only because it dares to deal with some ambiguous subjects (like vigilantism) without become overly moralizing. The viewer is allowed to think (or not think, if he does not wish to) for himself. It's not a funny movie, I'll grant you that, and Jack Lemmon is thoroughly wasted, but it's an interesting one nonetheless.
Penny Marshall produced this?
Harvey Miller, who wrote "Private Benjamin," wrote this?
Lemmon, Aykroyd, Hunt, and the incomparable LILY TOMLIN agreed to work on it?
Tasteless, unfunny, painful to watch.
Whatever moral point they were trying to make, and whatever humor they were trying to achieve, this film just... just hurt. Hurt my eyes, and hurt the reputations of all involved.
I'm embarrassed for all involved, and chagrined that I felt I had to watch to the end, to justify writing a review to warn others. Fifteen minutes would have been more than enough.
Dan Ayrkoyd, looking boxy and well-scrubbed, plays a college professor in Massachusetts who is caught up in the media frenzy surrounding elderly German neighbor Jack Lemmon, who has been accused of being a notorious Nazi war criminal living under an assumed identity; when Lemmon tells Aykroyd he intends to leave the country in protest, Aykroyd plots to poison him as a form of historical justice. Writer-director Harvey Miller probably intended this dark-hued comedy to be a twisted hoot, in the "Eating Raoul" vein. He apparently gained the trust of his talented performers--and comedy vet Penny Marshall was swayed enough to co-produce--but something must have gotten lost in the translation from screenplay to film, because there are hardly any laughs in this scenario. The cast plays it poker-faced...perhaps they weren't sure just how over-the-top the presentation should be. Results are curiously lukewarm, and full of dumb jokes like one involving Lemmon's dog being attracted to Aykroyd's crotch--which Miller then repeats, as a TV director might. *1/2 from ****
A true comedy if i've ever seen one is this picture. IT vill warm your
hearth with warmth and joy. After seeing it 10 times it never gets
bored, which is amazing to say the least.
Jack lemmon the bitter old sour lemmon that he is, was offcourse perfectly cast as the nazi-loving teacher.
The rest of the cast could easily been awarded with an award of some sorts. Maybe a golden trash can or something.
In case you were wondering : watching this crap will make your eyes bleed.
Have a nice day
I found this movie not as bad as everybody says it is. I think its pretty entertaining. I really liked the plot of the film.
I'm only reviewing this because of all the bad reviews. I gave it a 7
though I may change it to a 6 later. I really don't see why people had
a major problem with this movie. It was fun. "You call this
Basically, don't go into the movie expecting some crazy comedy with an intricate plot line. This movie is just a light-hearted movie to have a few laughs though; no masterpiece, but certainly not a 3.4 either. (That's what it was rated when I wrote this review.)
The line between comedy and drama is thin and sharp in Getting Away
With Murder. This film could easily have been a serious drama about a
crisis of conscience.
While watching poor Dan Aykroyd deal with his oh so overdeveloped sense of ethics I was reminded of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Do you remember in that film how at the political convention for statehood how James Stewart left and confessed how his conscience was in agony over the shooting of Liberty Valance. To which John Wayne properly replied, "you talk too much, think too much" and after that heart to heart talk Stewart goes back and starts his political career.
All I could think of was that Ethics professor Aykroyd needed a good conversation with the Duke. He's contacted by the FBI who tells him that the kindly old German neighbor just might be a fugitive Nazi war criminal.
Aykroyd realizes that American due process could leave Lemmon around for years so any man of conscience would just kill this guy. Which he resolves to do. Lemmon does die in this, but more I can't and won't say in this rather whacked out comedy which turns on Aykroyd's exquisite conscience. He so needed John Wayne to tell him he thought too much.
Lily Tomlin brings her own brand of zaniness into the film as Lemmon's daughter. Still Getting Away With Murder will never rank in the most noted of either Jack Lemmon or Dan Aykroyd comedies.
It was asking the audience to think too much.
Despite having a cast that included Dan Aykroyd, Jack Lemmon, Lily Tomlin, and Bonnie Hunt, Savoy Pictures barely released "Getting Away With Murder" to theaters. Watching it, I think I can see why. With the movie centering around someone accused of being a Nazi war criminal - and being a comedy - a more sure hand was needed to make this subject material palatable. As it is, the movie is too soft, when it needed to be more biting, like how the Mel Brooks movie "The Producers" was with its own Nazi material. But there are other problems than just with a wrong tone. Long stretches of the movie go by without any attempts at humor. There are several moments when scenes appear to be missing, though at the same time the movie also feels stretched out when its telling should have been tighter. I admit I kept watching to see how things would be wrapped up, but the movie cops out in this area as well, leading to a final moment that will have you saying, "That's IT?!?" out loud. If you do watch this movie, see if you can figure out why this was given an "R" rating - the movie really feels more like a PG-13 or even a PG movie.
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