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I've read all the other comments and ditto on the positive ones. Poo-poo on the negative ones. I generally wouldn't say that about another person's opinion but geez, it's just a movie, let alone one that is hilarious and makes you forget that you have rent to pay. Bill Murray is one of the funniest Americans to this date, in his own right, no doubt. Wallace had an innocence and naivety about him that you don't see in too many movies, anymore. I felt comfortable watching this movie and not thinking that it differed, dramatically, with my belief system. I don't think there are too many movies these days that can say that. Anyhow, Viva la bill!
This is one of Bill Murray's funniest movies, and that's saying a lot. Hilarious, and it gets better with repeated viewings. So many funny moments that it's hard to believe people didn't enjoy it. It's one of the silliest and funniest movies I've seen in a long time.
Okay, so I didn't see this one until video. Let's be honest, the trailers
didn't look all that great. So I said, "Hey skip it, come back to it."
Well, I am glad I did come back to it because I would have missed something.
This movie is just wonderful. It is charming and hysterical. The first time I saw it I laughed. The second time I saw it, I laughed harder because I realized how much I had missed the first time. The humor is engrossing and if you're not careful, YOU WILL LAUGH!! So don't think about this one. Just let it take care of you and cure what ails you. Whatever that means...
Have you ever found a film that makes you so weak with
laughter that you think you will pass out, a film so
funny that you have to pause the tape to finish laughing?
For me, this is that film.
Maybe it's me, but Murray strikes me as the funniest man on the planet. Apparently, some people hated this film, because it didn't get a very high rating, so maybe it *is* just me. Granted the second half is less funny that the first, but overall, Murray's comic genius shines through in so many scenes, I would be surprised if you aren't rolling in the aisles at least once.
When I watch Murray's films, I don't laugh that phony adult laugh (oh haha, how droll), I laugh the piss-yr-pants laugh of childhood. If I ever met Murray, I'd shake his hand, say thanks and hand him my dry cleaning bill.
You could call this trifle a continuation of the idiot savant American hero
theme so popular this decade, epitomised by the masterly Forrest Gump. In
Bill Murray's case, you suspect that he feels only an absolute moron could
possibly prosper in the modern world.
You could call this souffle a response to Henry James's beloved fictional theme of an innocent American being corrupted by ancient, knowing, decadent Europe. In this film, a brainless American saves the world from impossibly corrupt Europeans who want to plunge the world into another Cold War. Earnest students may very well write serious theses in the future, citing this film's expression of a pre-millenial terror.
You could marvel at the complex real-life/role-play ironies of the screenplay.
Or, sensibly, you could note that the film stars Bill Murray, and conclude that it is very funny. Murray is much better as clever, horrible people, but he could make cancer funny, and is also quite moving here. The script is never as sharp as it should be, and the set-pieces hardly threaten one's sides, but the film's air of good cheer is irresistable.
Bill Murray is the birthday boy who decides to surprise his brother this special day. For this he has to visit London, and winds up in a play where he participates as a master spy. This play takes place in the streets, as opposed to a stage. Through a coincidence or two, he winds up in a "real-life" adventure of intrigue, blackmail, and murder. Since he hasn't a clue as to what is going on, he is "the man who knew too little." Hilarious from start to finish, the director doesn't leave a loose end anywhere!
A surprisingly funny script and interesting concept rushes us past the half-assed performances and stock supporting roles. A man buys his brother a night in an adventure murder mystery style theatre game. Naturally, Bill Murray unwittingly stumbles into the real thing, thinking it's all a game.
Bill Murray brings his style to a non-stop comedy action movie. Fresh twists to the outrageous plot in almost every scene. It can stand proudly alongside the Jackie Chan movies, and maybe a head above some of Chan's recent vehicles.
A definite must see for Bill Murray fans. If the sight
of him makes you cringe, steer well clear, since this film
all about Murray wandering off the written script to keep
I didn't really laugh out loud at all watching this film but enjoyed it nevertheless. I was reminded of Austin Powers as the opening credits rolled, something that initially worried me because AP is a real stinker of comedy. Fortunately, Murray does a much better job here than Myers in his AP ego trip.
PS. Before reading the earlier comments, I too made the connection with "The Game" and Inspector Clouseau.
Like Quick Change this movie was unfairly panned by critics and ignored by audiences. Bill Murray is simply wonderful, but it's not the sarcastic Murray from Groundhog Day or Ghostbusters, but the dim-bulb Murray from Caddyshack (with a dozen fewer blows to the head). The plot is contrived, but cleverly so. Of course it's ridiculous, but this wasn't intended as a thriller like David Fincher's The Game, but as a low-key comedy like A Fish Called Wanda, The Lavender Hill Mob, and especially the Inspector Clouseau pictures - except this character's absent- mindedness is explained by the plot: he doesn't realize this is a real cloak & dagger situation. Very funny, and every facial expression, physical gesture, and voice inflection is done perfectly by Murray in a nuanced rather than manic performance. Smart, silly stuff.
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