Had its German debut at Berlin's Zoo Palast, at Hardenbergstraße 29A 10623 Berlin. See more »
When Alan first oversleeps in his hotel room, the clock reads 9:15 in the wide shot and 9:14 in the following close-up. See more »
[mimicking The Talking Heads in his music video TV commercial]
You may find yourself living in your garden shack. And you may find yourself not at home in your home. And you may find yourself looking for your large automobile. And you may find yourself without a beautiful house. Without a beautiful wife. And you may ask yourself "Well, how did I get here?"
[riding a roller coaster for the chorus]
Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was.
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All I knew about this film was that it had tom hanks in it and because he is easily one of the best actors around I would give it a watch. The premise of the film sees hanks who is a businessman trying to sort out a deal in Saudi Arabia while trying to get his life back together. Now tom hanks is great in this film as you would expect, he just has that likability factor to him that makes you want to see him succeed. He deals with all the situations in a fun but relatable way that makes him a likable protagonist. I also quite like the character of yousef his driver. I felt like they had good chemistry together and their interactions were easily the funniest part of this film. However, I didn't really care about anybody else in this film. Whether it was the doctor who looks after him or his daughter I just didn't have a connection with either characters and maybe could have done without it. The story has a good journey of discovery for hanks as you see his character growing throughout the film. However, there is so much going on in this film that it is hard to focus on all the story arcs and it becomes a bit of a narrative mess. The script doesn't have enough funny moments in it to justify a decent script and most of the drama comes across as forced unless hanks is performing it well. The style is also a bit of a mess with the pacing being all over the place and making this film feel incredibly long when in reality it wasn't. Overall this is a very forgettable film that isn't really worth a watch.
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