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Peter Riegert's film, King of the Corner, based on Gerald Shapiro's
work, Bad Jews and Other Stories, offers a remarkable glimpse into one
man's struggle to balance the demands of dealing with an aging parent,
raising a teenager daughter, remaining faithful in his marriage,
maintaining some sort of credibility at work, as well as coming to
terms with his own past choices. I absolutely loved the way in which
the central metaphors worked in the film--Frost's poem "The Road Not
Taken," the image of the "bad Jew" dancing around the idol while Moses
is receiving the stone tablets, and the story of Leo's father playing
"King of the Corner" in the swimming pool. These sorts of symbolic
connections give this movie a measure of humanity and much more depth
than you would find in a typical Hollywood film.
Riegert's performance was wonderfully low key. Leo doesn't whine, he doesn't rant (except maybe in the scene with the focus group), and he doesn't degenerate into farce (except maybe in the scene when he confronts his lover's husband). For the most part, he remains sensitive and thoughtful as he tries to put his world back together. The highlight of Riegert's portrayal is the scene at his father's funeral. It was an emotionally charged scene, a scene that many actors would have been tempted to overdo, that was played perfectly by Riegert.
This is truly wonderful film. Eli Wallach, Rita Moreno, Beverly D'Angelo...everyone does a terrific job. If you want to see a warm, thoughtful film about real people trying to come to terms with real issues in a sometimes crazy world, then this is a film you shouldn't miss.