With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a "wacky weatherman" tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early-90s Los Angeles.
Richard E. Grant
The film centers on a big Polish family. Jadzia is the mother and the ruler of the Pzoniak family (she has five children). Though she's happily married to Bolek, she is also having a ... See full summary »
Twenty-something native Vermonter Mirabelle Buttersfield, having recently graduated from college, is finding her new life in Los Angeles not quite what she was expecting or hoping. An aspiring artist, she is barely eking out a living working as a clerk at the women's evening gloves counter at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills and thus she can barely make the payments on her massive student loans. She treats her job with a certain distance, often daydreaming as she watches the life of the rich as they shop at the store. She has made no friends, including from among her Saks colleagues, and thus lives a solitary existence, which does not assist in her dealing with her chronic clinical depression. So it is with some surprise that two men with a romantic interest in her enter her life almost simultaneously. The first is poor slacker Jeremy, who works as an amplifier salesman/font designer. Mirabelle continues dating Jeremy as only a relief to her solitary life, as Jeremy doesn't seem to ... Written by
Early in the film, the camera pans up and we see Mirabelle through her bedroom skylight window. The bedroom is clearly positioned about ten feet or so from the left wall of the apartment, suggesting another room between it and the left wall. Yet in a later shot from the ceiling, when Mirabelle lies in bed with depression, the left wall is right up against the bed and there's a window there looking outside. See more »
[walking away from his car, he pretends he has automatic locks]
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I had always liked Steve Martin until I saw this movie. Before, in my estimation he was a solid comedic actor. Now, he just pronouncedly looks like a dirty old man.
To even assume that a young girl would truly fall for a man 34 years her 'Senior' is mostly just a man's fantasy. It's not completely impossible, but then you'd have to look into the psychological reasons of the young girl, such as; needing a Daddy figure, wanting a Sugar Daddy, or feeling inadequate sexually herself, so she finds acceptance in a hard-up old man.
At the end of the movie, via voice-over dialogue; the filmmakers try to cover-up the true sleazy advantageousness of the Ray Porter character by copping out of the 'real' truth of the man that was viewed throughout; that he used the young girl as arm candy and for self-serving reasons; to feel better, more youthful about himself.
More of the same stereotypical stuff. Seen it before, and we'll see it a thousand times more until viewers get tired of these same ol' visuals; old men with young girls.
Evolve please. Older women are just as beautiful. They're just not 'perceived' that way because of the many, many movies like this one!
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