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Thursday, October 19, 2006

GREENLIGHT #82: Man of the Year (with "Suicide Kings" and "Mrs. Doubtfire")

Ann and Les give no awards to Man of the Year (2006.) The trailer showed Robin Williams wearing a George Washington type wig and telling funny jokes in Congress, so they thought this movie would be a comedy. It isn't. It's a sad and confusing tale of a late-night talk show host who runs for President and apparently takes himself seriously along the way. It's also a mystery movie because they can't figure out why Christopher Walken, Laura Linney , and Jeff Goldblum would agree to do such a film and why director Barry Levinson bothered with this script in the first place. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends a good but obscure film with Mr. Walken called Suicide Kings (1997.) It's a poker term that kind of explains the theory behind preppy boys, Jay Mohr, Sean Patrick Flanery and Henry Thomas, kidnapping a mafia boss played so creatively by Mr. Walken accompanied by his right-hand man played by Dennis Leary. Ann recommends Mr. Williams at his most charming playing opposite Sally Field and Pierce Brosnan in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993.)

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