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Sunday, February 11, 2007

GREENLIGHT #113: Venus (with "My Favorite Year" and "Educating Rita")

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Ann and Les were enthralled with Venus (2006.) They say that Peter O'Toole puts on a performance of a lifetime as an old great actor who can't get any decent work and who takes a strong liking to a young actress played by Jodie Whittaker. It sounds a bit creepy but Ann and Les assure you that Mr. O'Toole is very aware of the age difference and doesn't do anything he shouldn't - or can't(!) For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends his favorite comedic performance of Mr. O'Toole's which is in a movie called My Favorite Year (1982.) Here O'Toole plays a true lech and drunkard "movie star" who somehow has to be managed, (or perhaps more accurately "babysat,") by a junior writer, played by Mark Lynn Baker, of a TV variety series on which O'Toole character is appearing. Ann's rental focuses more on the old man-young girl relationship and recommends watching Michael Caine, who plays an English literature professor, go from disdain to true appreciation of a young hairdresser who comes to his class eager to better herself. The unorthodox but still surpringly smart hairdresser is played by Julie Walters who does a fabulous job but Ann thinks the movie belongs to Caine. The film's name is Educating Rita (1983.)

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