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
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. (Do-dut-do-dut....do-dut….)
This is Ron Salfen, “At the Movies,”
for 93-5 KICK-FM