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Waterproof (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  2 August 2001 (USA)
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Burt Reynolds plays an aging jewish owner of a little grocery store, he is the only foreigner in the street: he lives in an African-American neighborhood. Tough and intrepid, he won't sell ... See full summary »

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Burt Reynolds plays an aging jewish owner of a little grocery store, he is the only foreigner in the street: he lives in an African-American neighborhood. Tough and intrepid, he won't sell out his little store,and he won't give things up... Written by Ary Luiz Dalazen Jr. <ajr@fortalnet.com.br>

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Eli Zeal is about to learn that to err is human... and to forgive divine.

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Paul Newman, 'Jack Lemmon' and Gene Hackman were originally up for the role of Jewish store owner Eli Zeal. See more »

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Eli Zeal: What kind of a child are you raising?
Tyree Battle: A good one!
Eli Zeal: He's a criminal!
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Drama and Laughs
20 July 2002 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

I highly recommend "Waterproof" as a dramatic movie with a lot of good laughs.

Burt Reynolds is Eli, an aging, limping Jewish shopkeeper in D.C. when he is suddenly robbed at gunpoint by a ten-year-old boy and two thugs who put him up to it. The gun goes off and Eli is injured. By coincidence, the young boy's mother is driving by in her cab, she sees her son and begins a cleanup effort. She basically kidnaps Eli and takes everyone down to Louisiana to her hometown which she hasn't visited since she was a teenager.

The kidnapping takes a very unique twist as Eli finds some comforts living with the mother's mother, brothers and grandfather. The grandfather, played by Whitman Mayo ("Grady" from Sanford & Son), is a scene-stealer every time he is on the screen. He concocts a remedy for Eli's gunwound made of spider legs, he says. That plus Eli has to watch nine consecutive sunrises and he'll be all healed up.

This is a beautiful tale wonderfully told. No special camera angles, very little violence, just people dealing with people. I agree with the other people posting that the Christian message is a little heavy-handed, but the rest of the story is a welcome break from the usual Hollywood style.

I rate this movie 10 out of 10. It is at once serious and funny. No matter what mood you're in, you'll probably like it, as long as you can get past the "go to church and that will make you a good person" stuff.


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