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Gene Siskel [I think it was] referred to this type of movie--where the plot can only move forward if everyone, at each moment of critical choice, does the stupidest and most counterintuitive thing imaginable--as the "idiot movie."


Eric k

By coincidence I just caught this the other night as well, I also noticed that after the opening credits said 1988 there was nothing about the movie that placed it in the 80s.

Besides the plot flaws you note, my only comment is that is one of the most boring crime movies I've ever seen. Didn't help it that I saw Gone Baby Gone last week and then Michael Clayton the night after I watched it, but even without the comparisons I'd say it stunk.

Dan Leo

Haven't seen this one, Lance, and I don't think I'll be dashing right out to rent it. It makes you wonder if people like Duvall and Wahlberg and Phoenix even read the scripts first. It makes you wonder if the studio guys who put up the money read the script. It makes you wonder how the director got to be a director...

I thought Gone Baby Gone was chock full of outrageous implausibilities also. Sure, the acting was mostly good, the directing was good, but, I'm sorry, the script was crap.

M. George Stevenson

How James Gray is able to make movies -- often well-reviewed movies like Little Odessa and The Yards -- is beyond me. It makes me wonder who he's related to.

Haven't seen this one, but Little Odessa was an complete and total hash despite game performances by Max Schell and Vanessa Redgrave (whose work was chronicled in the New Yorker of all things) and a much realer-feeling than usual sex scene between Tim Roth and crazy Moira Kelly, and The Yards was so idiotically implausible, despite good reviews, that I didn't watch it to the end, which I almost never do.

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