Weird and Wonderful [KIKUJIRO]

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Published on 30 Jun 2000 in Featured Texts, Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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Overrated Solutions [L’HUMANITÉ]

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Published on 23 Jun 2000 in Featured Texts, Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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Sitcom

A recent black comedy from France (1998) that has been compared to Todd Solondz’s Happiness; considering the unpleasantness of the other longish Francois Ozon film I’ve seen. See the Sea (1997), this is probably apt. The plot concerns a repressed family whose repressions go away after the members are bitten by a pet rat: the son reveals he’s gay, the daughter shows she’s suicidal and sadomasochistic, and so on. (JR)

Published on 14 Jun 2000 in Featured Texts, by admin

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Boys And Girls

Two Berkeley undergraduates (Freddie Prinze Jr. and Claire Forlani) who first meet as kids on a plane start off as antagonists, become friends, and wind up as lovers. The material is familiar, the Berkeley locations are strictly boilerplate, and there are times when the characters seem more like high school students than college kids. But the cast is so charming and assured that it puts across most of this with a reasonable amount of conviction. Robert Iscove (She’s All That) directed this romantic comedy, from a script by a screenwriting team known as the Drews (i.e., Andrew Lowery and Andrew Miller); with Jason Biggs and Amanda Detmer. 94 min. (JR)

Published on 13 Jun 2000 in Featured Texts, by admin

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