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Pavilion of Women (2001)
Badly adapted from a great novel
Having read Pearl Buck's book and being unaware of the screen adaptation, I was pleasantly surprised to see this on the shelf. That pleasant surprised was quickly converted to disappointment and embarrassment. The film's conversion of the husband into a hateful character was evidence that the studio believed its audience could not appreciate the subtlety of the novel's character. More absurd is the delay of the priest's death. In the book, he dies at least in the first half of the book, if not the first quarter. The novel explores her romanticizing of her relationship with the priest, imagining him to be a witness to many of her personal events. In the movie version, instead he saves orphans! I half expected a Gary Coleman cameo.
Read the book. This film is a discredit to Pearl Buck's masterpiece.
Parker Lewis Can't Lose (1990)
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Best show ever
At least the first 2 seasons... 3rd switched to character development episodes, as most good shows sadly do. I am not exaggerating, although one could make an argument that it takes 2nd place to the Simpsons. The show was just as funny as the Simpsons, rewarding the viewer with both silly gags and intelligent jokes that require a deeper knowledge of their satire. It also requires suspension of reality. For example, Jerry (the geek) has a trenchcoat that seems to be akin to Mary Poppins's carpet bag... full of everything he needs for the situation. It is definitely worth a look.