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UGH! Forced to suffer through this...
...because it was my girlfriend's turn to pick the film we'd watch.
How to describe this....let's see.
The first two-thirds was an odd conflation: One could call it either the raunchiest Rom-Com ever - OR - The Sappiest and most mawkish porn movie ever.
The last 30 minutes or so was a nauseating cringe-fest to set us up for a feel-good ending.
I gave this two stars instead of one because the first part did try to deviate from the chick-flick formula, however heavy handed. So for me it went from just a way to pass the time while pacifying my GF to the sudden realization I've just lost slightly more than two hours of my life I'll never get back.
The Sting (1973)
I never did get to see this film when it first came out, but I remember it was the talk of everybody everywhere. Every kid at our school that could play the piano had to play that theme song. Time went on and I had forgotten about the film, but I've subsequently become a big fan of 60's and 70's films and I finally wanted to see 'The Sting' and looked forward to it when I got Netflix.
I thought to myself, this is gonna' be great. Is it going to be like a harder edged 'Paper Moon', a 1930's version of 'The French Connection'? A film noir made in the 70's, done right? Alas no. I thought it very cheesy overall. Overdone cartoonish costumes and props, very fake looking back lot sets, forced stilted dialog. Not unwatchable you understand, but I sure groaned and rolled my eyes enough at its sloppiness.