'Grand Champion' weaves the tale of a spunky young boy named Buddy and his prize-winning calf, Hokey, as they climb from the underdog position and up through the ranks of several Texas ... See full summary »
Joey Lauren Adams,
Russ Duritz (Bruce Willis) is a wealthy L.A. image consultant, but as he nears 40, he's cynical, dogless, chickless, estranged from his father (Daniel von Bargen), and he has no memories of his childhood. One night he surprises an intruder (Spencer Breslin), who turns out to be a kid, almost 8 years old. There's something oddly familiar about the chubby lad, whose name is Rusty. The boy's identity sparks a journey into Russ's past that the two of them take - to find the key moment that has defined who Russ is. Two long-suffering women look on with disbelief: Russ's secretary, Janet(Lily Tomlin), and his assistant, the lovely Amy, to whom Rusty takes a shine. What, and who, is at the end of this journey? Written by
Early in the movie when Rusty is at older Russ' house, as Russ tries to sleep he comes out because Rusty is screaming. Rusty says the face on the moon can be seen clearly that night and that is why he is screaming. But in reality the face on the moon is on the side of the moon that faces away from earth so it can never be visible from earth. See more »
[on their way to a meeting]
Wait a minute, wait a minute... Hello.
I haven't seen you in a couple of days, how've you been?
Fine. Now can we go in?
No. This is the bit where you ask me.
Amy, we're really late. We don't have time to...
Come on, give it a whirl.
Hi, Amy. How are you doing?
Fine. We're really late.
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So..what's keeping them from making more like this?
From a perspective that it is possible to make movies that are not offensive to people with strong moral values, this one is definitely worthwhile. This is the second Bruce Willis film in a row that manages to tell its story with no nudity, off-color humor, profanity, or gratuitous violence. (I refer of course to The Sixth Sense.) Both movies are engaging on more than one level. This one is appropriate for children as well, although as others have pointed out, it isn't a flick FOR kids.
I was bothered that the time travel device that drives this plot is never explained, except that we know Russell himself initiates it as a 70 year old. Also, why does his dying mother have to come to school to get him when he wins the fight; why, if as his older self says, he has to fight that kid again and again for the next few years does his mother not have to come and get him every time, and why he doesn't learn to kick butt in the process. I also found the score rather annoying and not always appropriate to the action on stage.
Good use of the red plane as metaphor, however.
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