Not understanding what all the hype is and stories about people not wanting to see it or walking out. Boogie Nights was far more tawdry!
Two directors? Never a good sign.
Forgettable film that could have been more.
I watched mostly for the Frank Zappa soundtrack, but was a memorable film experience that I'm glad I had.
I also really miss the days when this website let you write a review that didn't have to be ten lines long. Yes, I've been here that long, but one could also argue long enough to actually do the correct thing here and just write a longer review. I feel ornery. Today.
It completely falls flat. It is at times even awkward to watch. The chemistry between the lead actors is non existent. Martin Short phones his performance in. I also believe he was confused about who his character was even supposed to be. He went from cad to caring and back again SO many times I couldn't keep track.
I think "David" acted like a jerk and didn't understand why "Kathy" would want anything to do with him.
There is NOTHING funny about this movie. "Innerspace" made the same year is a much better choice for a Short flick.
Sex frightens the American people far more than violence. Don't expose your children to sex because it is REAL and they have far more access to it than a hand grenade or an M-16.
We all have genitals! Eegads. You can see the problem. The movie industry is showing people having sex. This is far easier to achieve than re-enacting a scene from The Terminator.
America was founded on Religious principles. There is no getting around it. For the rating board to have clergy on the appeal board it is utterly absurd.
I do understand that there must be some limits to what is shown in mainstream films. I object to the way it is carried out and by WHOSE standards films are rated.
Regulating morality is dicey and I'm not saying I would be better at it. If nothing else, this film was an interesting look at the process we have in place presently.
I liked the fact it was in France because that made it so much more believable. Americans are no where as near as wacky as Europeans. They will do anything. Eating oneself to death is absurd. Even for the 1970's. It was truly appalling to watch even as fiction. Pleh.
Just one Americans opinion.
Dated also by the scene where Michael said he needed to get a word processor and the man told him it was around $4,000 dollars and he should wait until the prices fell. Another scene I liked was two deaf men signing at a gay bar. Cleverly flamboyant.
I can't add anything that hasn't already been said and said better than me.
In summary, I would suggest skipping it and renting the TV version if you are even remotely interested in Miss Short and the unfortunate events.
To IMDb, stop making people write so much that no one bothers to read it. There is value to short and to the point reviews. They don't ALL need to drone on and on. The above wasn't long enough I had to add this. hmph.
The acting was very believable, especially from the family members on the other end of the phone calls. It is exactly how any one of us would have reacted.
That is what is so compelling about United 93. We can put ourselves in their shoes and know we would do and feel just the same. It connects us all on a human level.
I don't think we need a movie to remind us of the events of that horrific day. But it doesn't hurt.
If you are renting, stick around for the closing credits as they feature each of the players doing a little bit of dancing. Even the ones that don't make it all the way through the movie. Thus leaving you with a happy feeling! Just a fun little movie.
I must say, I am unhappy with IMDb's new minimum length for comments. I have written dozens of comments that are succinct and to the point, and hardly 4 lines. The above 6 was plenty, I thought. But it wouldn't "go through." Why force users to commit to 10 lines? Don't they realize most people read shorter comments than longer ones? Even in the newspaper. Keep this in mind when threatening punitive actions on faithful IMDb users. Yes 2 or 3 lines is too few, but let's not get carried away.
Mike Myers "cat" was funnier back in 1939 when it was Bert Lahr. Similarity was freakish.
I'm always amazed how Kelly Preston gets work. Must be the push-up. If there was a ray of light at all, it was in Alec Baldwin in the last scene of the movie. Still not worth sitting through an hour and 22 minutes to get to it, but I did laugh. Once. Good job everyone. Your masterful merchandising skills conned my kids into dragging me off to watch. Next time, maybe deliver the goods. Just sayin.
I truly wish I could unsee it. It was hideous and sickening. And I am of course, speaking of the BRAIN scene. It was the most disgusting thing I have EVER seen. I think my knees got weak, and I'm sure my mouth was hanging open.
Let's not even mention the part when he fed the cooked brain to the kid on the airplane!! Good heavens.
I'm sure Anthony Hopkins got a ton of cash which helped him justify to himself being any part of this madness. Jodie Foster is my new hero.
Variation on "Running Man" - ok - who are they kidding? RIPOFF of any Arnold movie complete with such dialog as "uplink" and "Hasta la vista, baby." Lorenzo Lamas as an Arnold wannabe that actually claims to be a "Chuck Norris fan", at one point. Good grief.
Bad acting, bad music, paper thin script, oh so silly. Next time I'm flipping channels and I see Lorenzo Lamas in the credits, I'll just keep on flipping...as I usually do. Maybe I just couldn't locate the remote and I was feeling particularly lazy that day. Who knows?
Here's another Lamas line: "Ya, I think I've seen this movie before." Me too. So why'd you make another one so badly?
Here's to the "One cheek sneak."