I saw this film on a Saturday night with some friends. A
social occasion. And you know, I was probably being a bit rude by
saying outright that I thought this film was crap, but there it
is. I said it.
The thing is, it's not complete crap. It's almost watchable
crap -- the sort of thing you might welcome on an insommniatic
night at the cottage: just you, a black and white TV, and a set
of rabbit ears. But make no mistake; it's still poor.
That said, I have to heap tons of praise on William H. Macey
for an outstanding performance. He is the reason to see the film
because he brings nuance and sublty to his character that's a
welcome change to the same old same old.
And that's the thing that turned me off. This film is just the
same old same old. We've seen it all before in any number of
other films. What's new here? Two escape convicts are mistaken
for a gay couple who oragnize children's beauty pageants. So now
they have to put one on lest they blow their cover. Hillarity
ensues, and by the end you've probably finished your popcorn.
My two main complaints, and then I'll call it a day:
- The writers seem to think
that being gay is always good for a laugh, just like some
guy being kneed in the groin. It wasn't funny 20 years
ago, and it's still not funny now. I resent being taken
for a red neck It makes me cross.
- The story is all over the
place. Part caper film, part romantic comedy (I suppose),
part something else. It would have been so much better
had they picked one idea and developed it. Any one, it
really didn't matter.
- (Bonus gripe) Maybe I was in
an audiece from the deep woods, but when Macy's
character's heart is broken, there was laughter from the
audience. I got the feeling the filmmakers were actually
playing that up for yuks. What is funny about watching
someone in pain?
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