Radio 03.20.09
 
This is Ron Salfen, “At The Movies,” and here’s my commentary on films opening today at The Majestic Theater in Greenville :
 
“Duplicity” is just that.  It’s one of those root-for-the-bad-guys kind of drama where most of the time, you’re just as confused as the main characters, but we figure that with their stunning good looks and brilliant teamwork, they’ll find some way to come out on top.  Julia Roberts and Clive Owen play a couple of corporate security advisors who first play each other, then their employers, then volunteer for the double espionage duty, until it’s very difficult to tell just who is on which side.  The corporate moguls are played by Paul Giamatti and Tom Wilkinson, both of whom sit atop large corporations that make common household products, and who would do absolutely anything to gain a competitive advantage over the other.  When word leads out that Giamatti’s company is on the verge of  the greatest product breakthrough ever----a genuine cure for male pattern baldness--- Wilkinson’s firm, naturally, is trying to steal the secret formula.  This thing folds in on itself so many times that it’s like trying to figure out an endless maze.  But if you think it’s fun being kept in the dark, and think you’re one of those that can always guess the ending---go for it, you’ll have fun with it.
“I Love You, Man” features a handsome groom, played by Paul Rudd, who finds himself with no one to ask to be his best man, because he has no real friends.  And so he goes searching for some, which, in our culture, is a bit awkward for straight guys in the first place, but then he meets a seemingly willing buddy played by Jason Segel, who has a “man cave” where they can play video games and rock star to their heart’s content.  But his fiancée, played by Rashida Jones, once supportive of this charming quest for male bonding, becomes wary, and even jealous, when she discovers that some of their conversation has been about her.  Never mind how much she talks about him with her gal friends;  that’s different.  Beneath all the raunch humor there is a genuine social issue here, about what a challenge it is for guys to initiate and maintain friendships with other guys.  Anybody have any idea why that is?
 
This is Ron Salfen, “At The Movies,” for 93-5 KICK-FM