Radio 02.20.09
            This is Ron Salfen, “At The Movies,” and here’s my commentary on films available this week.
            Among the newly-released films on dvd, we have “Lakeview Terrace,” the odd little reverse racist scenario.  Samuel L. Jackson is the black single father living in suburbia trying to raise two children by himself, and doesn’t appreciate the interracial couple moving in next door and christening their swimming pool in full view of his kids peeking through the blinds in the upstairs bedroom.  So, he just decides to play bad cop, since he is one, and tries to make things as miserable as he can for our discriminated-against young couple.  Nobody’s really having any fun here, but it’s painfully believable.
            There’s nothing really believable about “The Wackness,” because they intentionally interfere with your suspension of disbelief.  They subtitle the entire film with their running commentary on setting up the scene, use of costumes and even makeup, choice of music, how hot it was on the set, when the actors felt awkward----so that the critique becomes an integral part of the film it’s critiquing.  Oh, the plot is something about a high school senior from a dysfunctional family in New York City in the 90’s selling marijuana, and falling in love with his shrink’s stepdaughter.  Yes, it’s all kind of wacked out, but that’s the point. Despite the fact that the guy’s a drug dealer, he somehow manages to seem naïve about girls, but Ben Kingsley steals the show as the neurotically immature psychiatrist, even if they are talking through his scenes.
            At the Majestic Theater in Greenville , we have “Pink Panther 2,” which is Steve Martin playing the inimitable Inspector Jacques Clouseau, but, unfortunately, not as well as the original comedian, Peter Sellers.  Instead of the suave, subtle, tongue-in-cheek, accidentally proficient detective, you have, well, a preening, slapstick stumblebum with a bad accent.  The opening sequence is fun, though, and of course, the theme song is unforgettable.  I bet you can’t stop yourself from humming it right now.  (….)
This is Ron Salfen, “At the Movies,” for 93-5 KICK-FM