I'm going to talk about two movies that I recently saw on cable. They both have similarities and differences. Let's start with the good one:
This is one of those movies that sucks me in each time it's on. First, it has an all-star cast: Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, Jeff Daniels, J.T. Walsh, Paul Walker, Don Motherfuckin' Knotts, Marley Shelton (cute as a button), and Patrick Thomas O'Brien. Mr. O'Brien has some "Saved By The Bell" crossover - he played monotone teacher Mr. Dewey in a few episodes. He's the guy in the bowling alley with the ironing burn on his shirt. This movie is pretty sappy, but in a clever way. The use of color is great. The music is well done. Joan Allen is an incredible actress and I actually like Reese in this one. A feel-good story with a lot of heart. Now the bad:
This movie also has an all-star cast: John Murray (Bill's younger brother), James Keach (Stacy's younger brother), Jennifer Tilly, Brian Backer (Mark Ratner from Fast Times At Ridgemont High), Adelaide from Diff'rent Strokes (Nedra Volz), Clara "Where's The Beef" Peller, Wendi Jo Sperber, Fred Willard, and Sally Kellerman. I remember watching this when I was younger. It contains comic gems like an old lady mistakenly sitting on a urinal (because she's old and senile), trying to go to the bathroom and wondering why her back is wet. You also have Wendi Jo Sperber drinking a bottle of Crisco and rubbing grease all over her ass, then jogging on the freeway. A movie so bad it's a must-see.