a masterwork ruined
A book that makes you fall completely head-over-heels for its main
character because of his wit and self-deprecating charm should not
result in a movie that conjures the same character as an uneven,
somewhat arrogant pest. I can accept that the film won't be able to
transport the viewer the way the words on the page can, but the sad
part is that this movie never even comes close.
In the book, Sam Callahan is heartwarming. He's a kid you want to get
to know. You want to reassure him that it's okay to be this awkward
when you're 13, and that everyone's adolescence (or most people's,
anyway) are miserable. You laugh when he cracks a joke or lets you in
on one of his precocious personal witticisms. You're moved when he
talks about the Kennedy assassination from an intelligent but still
hopelessly naive point of view. He eases the shock of sexual
experimentation and of Maury's teenage pregnancy and takes you right
into the reality of dealing with the consequences - of kids and adults
thrown into circumstances that would make anyone grow up.
But maybe it's too tall an order for film. Maybe the topics are too
sensitive and the inner monologue is too hard to convey. Isn't it
almost always the case that the movie adaptations of books fall on
their faces to some extent? Sure.
The problem is that this movie is still terrible. It hits so far away
from what made the book enjoyable that you have to be a little bit
irritated at the filmmakers for even trying.
My advice if you're thinking about renting/buying this is to put your
money away and read this book. (I got it from Netflix, and I seriously
considered scratching the words "read the book" into the back of the
DVD before I sent it back.) The book will give you a week of solid
enjoyment, and that beats two hours of confusion and nausea pretty much
marsroad watch Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind movie
Characterizes the youth of that era..
Claire jepsen watch Rest Stop: Don't Look Back movie
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It's Ã good movie .
Not bad, but not great.
Skipped Parts was a dark comedy, there is no doubt about that. I
enjoyed the innuendo; it added to the feeling of guilty pleasure you get
from watching a movie like this. I guess the typical Leave it to Beaver
image of the 1950s in my mind created a sense of perverse pleasure while
viewing the characters' twisted lives. Bug Hall's last few lines at the
of this movie summed up it's purpose: the movie is one big statement
the sexual and social paradoxes present in the society of the 1950s and,
all reality, in today's society also. While being poorly developed
characters, you cannot help but root for the two kids. The religious
would go ape over this movie, if they watched anything besides The Bible
Network. It raises some curious questions about the nature and structure
the family and reproductive responsibility. Overall, I would give it a
out of 10. A good waste of time, but little else..