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Broadcast News (1987)
9 Outta 10!
Typically, I'm a comedy guy. I rented this at the video store under comedy, and thought "Albert Brooks! Awesome!" and rented it. It seemed like the romantic comedy, and I remembered I hated those, and had the full mindset of hating this movie.
Boy, was I wrong.
While this is a romantic comedy, it's acted by an amazing lead & supporting cast (Brooks, Hunter, Cusack, and Nicholson), and everything works well within itself. The script sounds real and not forced, like this could be happening in the news station you're watching at night. It takes your emotions and makes you enjoy Hunter and Brooks and loathe Hurt, which makes the ending a bit unenjoyable and fruitless, but it shows how you don't need a happy ending to end a movie, you just need a truthful ending, which is what everyone got. Not everybody's life ends well, and it shows in Broadcast News. Maybe people don't like the ending because it's not your typical happy ending associated with romantic comedies... but it works, it's real, and it's genius. Broadcast News is a classic in it's time, and a fine romance movie up there with "Casablanca". Well, maybe not that high, but it's the only other romance I can think of that I like.
Broadcast News: 9/10.
Just like Affleck in Phantoms...
This movie isn't anything terrible. Granted, it isn't a good movie by any use of those words, but it was very watchable. The whole premise of a student of serial killers wanting to be a serial killer is somewhat unique, but delivered terribly in the script. And you know it says a lot when Jason Mewes was the best actor in this movie (his inspiration was probably Ben Affleck in the movie "Phantoms", which he's stated as his inspiration in previous movie interviews).
See it if you're bored and on a whim, and as a rental. Get a few laughs. And Mewes... He's got a nice little surprise at the end.