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The Designated Mourner (1997)

R | | Drama | 23 May 1997 (USA)
Jack and Judy are husband and wife, and Howard is Judys father. They live in some fictional undemocratic and repressive country, and tell us a story about their lives, mostly from Jack's ... See full summary »

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Jack and Judy are husband and wife, and Howard is Judys father. They live in some fictional undemocratic and repressive country, and tell us a story about their lives, mostly from Jack's point of view. Written by Anonymous

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Jack: The past and the future don't actually exist. I mean where are they?
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This may be the worst movie I ever tried to watch.
17 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

I was unable to sit through The Designated Mourner. There are three characters sitting or standing behind a table and talking directly into the camera. There's no dialog because they don't talk to each other or even acknowledge each other's presence. It's like three interspersed monologues or rambling answers to a talk show host without the questions because there is no clear thought development. They don't even address what each other is saying. My only clear recollection is of the husband describing his wife's unusual dressing habits. It was so boring it was hard to pay attention. I like good dialog but I've never seen anything like this. At first I thought it was some odd ball lead in and soon the real movie would start. Soon my jaw literally started to drop open as I realized this was it. 12 minutes was all I could stomach. Afterwards, I sat there dumbfounded that anyone has the audacity to make this and call it a movie or that anyone could actually sit through this let alone enjoy it.


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