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Underrated. I won't belabor relating and describing the plot, because
that's been recited nicely by numerous others. I'll simply return to my
one word point. Underrated.
If you're in the mood for a smart, well-written, well-acted comedy that will have you on the floor, but also discusses God intelligently without preaching to you --look no further! "Suing the Devil" doesn't disappoint in any of those aspects. This is a truly memorable piece of comedy, and though it was released this summer, I'm sure comedy lovers will pay homage to this movie till 2020.
My score: 9 (out of 10)
The Mask was a perfect vehicle for Jim Carrey. It not only allowed
provided the perfect justification to flamboyantly engage in his
rubber-faced antics in a manner even more over-the-top than what he'd
become famous for, but it provided an opportunity to stretch his acting
chops towards a more serious side at just the right time in his career,
paving the way for later work such as Man on the Moon (1999), The
Majestic (2001) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004).
The success of the film wholly depends on Carrey, as he has to sell his characters' frenzied insanity so that it's believable as a reflection of Stanley's inner self while at the same time likable but teetering on the edge of becoming obnoxiously overbearing. Of course, the amazing special effects and make-up help, as well as the clever script and more than competent directing and cinematography, but with the wrong actor in the part, the whole affair could have easily collapsed. The other cast members are fine in supporting roles, with Cameron Diaz coming across as being almost otherworldly beautiful, but Carrey is rarely off-screen, and rightly so.
The Mask is notable for both spoofing almost the whole history of cinema while at the same time respectfully paying homage to it. The audience is treated to everything from silent film slapstick to lavish musical numbers (with excellent songs), frenzied Tex Avery-styled animation to gangster film suspense. On its surface, the film is a crazy, often funny, hyperactively paced cinematic pastiche.
The subtext about identity and public faces versus private selves is interesting, but not the focus. It would be fine to explore further, but to do so in this particular film would have taken too much time away from Carrey's surrealistic tour de force. Besides, we've had later films where that subtext has been closer to the heart of a story, such as Catwoman (2004), and where it was very thoroughly and competently dealt with.
"Ruthless People" is a genuinely original farce that kept me laughing to the point of exhaustion. It's masterful how all these characters interweave, creating more and more hilarious subplots. The cast is a tour de force. Danny DeVito gives quite possibly the best comic performance of his career! Bette Midler is also great as his whiny, obnoxious wife. It's good to see Judge Reinhold, who practically disappeared after finishing the "Beverly Hills Cop" flicks. An early performance by Bill Pullman is also worth checking out. I think he's a real cool actor, but he usually plays the same yuppie roles. Here, he plays a dim-witted, trailer-trash airhead and is a delight to watch. There are so many funny moments that will stick in my mind forever, like when the serial killer invades the house. "You look like my mother, I hate my mother." And the confusion that was created with the sex video was absolutely classic. I haven't seen a good comedy in a while, nor have laughed this hard in a while. That's why I was glad to catch this movie on the Starz Network, because it is one of the funniest comedies I've ever seen and nowadays, you ain't gonna see too many good comedies, nor great ones like this. A MUST-SEE!!! My score: 9 (out of 10)