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I saw King of the Corner this evening and was very impressed by the story and the acting. I'm in my mid 50"s and have been through much of the same mid life upheavals that Leo has to navigate through. I could relate to the relationship with his father, where you try to downplay what an ailing parent says because you are really helpless to change the course of things to come. In as fine a piece of acting as I have seen in along time, Peter Riegert displays the helplessness and denial that comes when you find out you have lost a loved one. I thought all the characters came across as people I'm familiar with, even the goofy Rabbi. What parent of a teen hasn't wanted to call the police when their kid is late coming home. It all rang true and if you've been through it watching these scenes are bittersweet. I didn't see Leo as a bad Jew or person, just someone with a heart trying to protect his little kingdom on this planet and meeting some frustration. I have always been a fan of Mr. Riegert and with this performance he once more showed me a character who quietly and with a dose of subtle humor defines the human condition.
This was an affecting film with a tremendous cast about the "sandwich" generation stuck between ailing parents and rebellious children, still struggling to make a living (darkly comical shades of "Death of a Salesman") in the cut-throat world of business in modern America. No Golden Parachutes protect the average worker in this social Darwinian world. I've been a fan of Peter Riegert for a very long time & I'm delighted to see him expanding his significant talents into directing. The film's dialog is wonderful and the challenges and failures of middle age will resonate with the adult audience so long ignored by Hollywood films. There were many wonderful performances, but Eric Bogosian's performance as a maverick rabbi was an especial delight.
I saw this movie with my husband and several friends. We all agreed
that it was a very enjoyable, entertaining movie containing moments of
laughter, sadness, and realistic situations in most of the scenes.
Some of the scenes were extremely funny, and some of them were very touching with moments that are universally related to parents who are ill or dying. Eil Wallach was wonderful as the ailing father. His son finally realizes the full value of his father late in the movie.
Rita Moreno played a small, yet lovely part in the movie. Isabella Rossellini played an understated part (but better this way than overstated!) Peter Riegert was wonderful in this part. He played it sympathetically in his relationships with his wife, daughter, father and realistically with his employer.
I would highly recommend this movie for an enjoyable evening at the movies. It should have been picked up quickly by distributors, but that's another story!!
This movie exercised the full range of the viewer's emotions, yet
managed to avoid resolving several major conflicts in typical
Hollywood-type fashion. In short, it was an excellent movie for
allowing viewers to incorporate their own experiences and ideas into
interpretation of the story of a man at mid-life dealing with job,
family, marriage and an aging parent. The story balances serious life
issues with humor at just the right moments, leaving the audience
fulfilled as well as entertained.
The actors were first-class and the story provided a vehicle for them to ply their skills artfully. Blockbuster mentality wouldn't distribute films of this depth, but I believe audiences are hungry for them.
We enjoyed this movie very much. Although a comedy, it provides many
serious thoughts and a good satire of our society. The movie raised
many questions, but the answers in most cases needed to be provided by
the spectator himself.
You might consider it a vindication of "Death of a Salesman". It is also refreshing how it handled religion.
I strongly recommend it. In rating, I added one star  for low budget and for excellent cast, especially Eli Wallach, Peter Rigert, Rita Moreno and Eric Bogosian.
Is is good to know that you still can make a very good movie without spending mega-millions.
Peter Riegert has been bringing this movie, which he directed and co-wrote, from city to city to build word of mouth. It's worth seeing if it comes to your town, especially if you like character-driven comedy/drama. Eric Bogosian steals the film as Rabbi Fink, and there's plenty of other good performances from a great cast which includes Isabella Rosselini, Eli Wallach, Rita Moreno, and Beverly D'Angelo. The story itself is pretty low-key, about an advertising executive (Riegert) coming to grips with a variety of mid-life issues, all delivered with gentle humor. Based on the title story from Gerald Shapiros's collection, "Bad Jews and Other Stories".
Looking into the life of a man in his 50's is always fascinating and seldom done in movies (think About Schmidt) because it isn't considered marketable. This movie avoids clichés, stereotypes, etc., with respect to resolving conflicts. It's based on a compilation of two great short stories and the screenplay is equally intelligent. I want to go buy the book of short stories now. A great cast of actors who will do a film for low dough because the material is so good. Peter Riegert, especially, is always someone who can give depth and humanity to any performance, and it really comes through here. (Why this guy can't get a reading/screen test these days when they are casting f%*&g Paris Hilton in feature films is beyond me. I guess Hollywood moguls really operate like the slime balls in 'Player.' Most of all, this film is hilarious! I don't think I've laughed so hard in a long time. I can't go into details on the humor because it will spoil the movie for those who haven't seen it. Check it out!!!!
King of the Corner is one of those rare films that points out both the
drama and humor in a ordinary life. It's main character, Leo could be
any one of us. A man in middle age with a job, a family, a father in a
nursing home who is just trying to figure it all out. His sharp wit
helps him to keep the world at bay until events conspire to make him
face his life.
Peter Reigert does a great job of directing a standout cast. Eli Wallach and Rita Moreno are particularly good and Eric Begosian as an non-traditional rabbi is hilarious.
They should make more movies like this!
What a wonderful story Peter Riegert tells us in this movie. It's a
little rough around the edges, but where in some movies that would be
annoying or pretentious, here it adds to the charm. What comes through
is the heart with which Riegert has directed the piece and with which
his great cast plays there parts. There was more humanity in this movie
than in a year's worth of Oscar-contenders.
I have to admit that I am also deeply touched by the way Mr. Riegert is distributing his film - city by city over eight months. And in each city it plays, he spends several days promoting the movie, attending screenings, and talking to audience members afterward. And while he's 3+ months into it now, he was as fresh and genuine in his interactions with audience members as one could ask for. Knowing how hard this man is working to put his film in front of audiences, it's no mystery where the film's humanity comes from.
Thank you, Peter!
A small gem of a film. Succinct, well acted and very well directed. It's "The Big Chill" twenty-five years later, portrayed with wry Jewish humor. A must see for all Baby Boomers and their kin. Peter Riegert assembles a wonderful cast (including Isabella Rosselini, Eli Wallach, Jake Hoffman - yes, Dustin's kid, Rita Moreno, and Eric Bogosian) and crew to shoot this $400,000 flick in 20 days on 16 mm blown up to a wonderfully textured 35 mm movie that fills the screen with $5 million worth of production value. Riegert and his colleagues take the time to tell the story of an ordinary man, a man we all know, at what seems like the end of his career. They make us feel his pain and his passions blessedly conveyed with irony and humor that first makes us wince, then laugh out loud with relief. At the very end, they decide to give the old buzzard a break, and all of us reason to hope that somewhere out there, there's going to be a third act after all. Call it "Big Chill" part three. By the end of the film we're confident that the end ain't that near after all, that old dogs can learn new tricks, and that there's still a lot more life to live for all of us born just after the end WWII. When the time comes for the true end of our era, let's all hope that it's Riegert and friends telling us our final tale.
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