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The Cider House Rules (1999)
Nice on the surface, and nicely muddy underneath
You can enjoy this movie on a surface level and not think too much. (Note: If you're vehemently against abortion, this doesn't apply to you!) On another level, it shows the very gray area in which much of life resides. Rather than definitively showing that one belief/action or another is best, I believe the movie does a good job of being indecisive. To me, this is commendable, because all of human existence really is subjective. For example, there is wide variation in opinion regarding whether a child conceived of incestuous rape should exist on our crowded planet. The movie is entertaining and philosophical without trying too hard, and allows you to take from it whatever you have the energy for.
The In-Laws (1979)
A low-key but very funny, engaging, and timeless movie!
Many people don't remember this film, but those who do typically can recite many of their favorite lines. Most of these are classic exchanges between Falk and Arkin, who do such an incredible job of building characters who are credible, funny, and engaging that they make it look easy. After the classic scene early in the film in which the families sit down to dinner together for the first time, the movie takes off at a frenetic pace and you get lost in the action and exchanges. If you're fortunate enough to not have read some of the reviews here and elsewhere that give away important plot details, you will be struggling throughout the movie to figure out who is who and what is what, which is part of the fun. (Although even after 20+ viewings I find the movie very entertaining. It's like watching old friends yuck it up.) Unfortunately, not everyone understands that it isn't just the ending of a movie that must be kept secret; people's real identities, alliances, and *occupations* can sometimes give away too much! Anyway, you might just buy this movie instead of renting it, because odds are you'll like it, and if so (like me) you'll be watching it at least once or twice a year, and begging friends who've never seen it to come over and watch it with you.
Only for die-hard Alice Cooper fans!
This movie's only value lies in the couple of Alice Cooper songs/videos interspersed throughout. Until the Alice Cooper box set came out in 1999, these songs were unavailable elsewhere. The movie itself is a lackluster werewolf flick without an original idea, scene, or line of dialogue. Plus, the dubbing is bad so no one's lips match the words being said! Unless you absolutely need to see these obscure Alice Cooper "videos," avoid this movie at all costs. (I actually own this movie and am glad I do, being a big A.C. fan.)