MOVIES IN THE SHADOW OF IRONY
Ironic pop signifiers inciting trivial deconstruction? What does it all mean?
GOOD DILL HUNTING
A smoldering working-class prodigy with a pseudo-earnest face is preoccupied with finding the biggest, juiciest dill pickle in the jar. A psychiatrist with major issues tries to convince him that there are more important things in life than pickles, but ends up simply basking in the glow of our hero's charisma. Just before the end, we're really worried that our fratboy wonder won't stop pickle-fishing long enough to let love past his hard-coated shell and into his soft, chewy center. But guess what? Things always turn out OK for beautiful geniuses.
AS GOOD AS IT FITS
Jack Nicholson as that Jack Nicholson character (again) in the role of a lifetime! The Jack character is a charming asshole on a quest for the perfect-fitting pair of khakis. Helen Hunt deserves an Oscar for effort, trying to convince us that she's not a Manhattan mother or a tornado-chaser, and that, furthermore, she's in love with a smug preppy dipshit much older than her father. Once again, the gay friend and the cute dog steal the show.
Our hero wakes up, drugged and disoriented in a bathtub, with a vague notion that he's late for a Vanity Fair "Hollywood Issue" shoot with Annie Leibowitz. William Hurt's the publicist on his tail, although he seems ambivalent about his job and this film. A goldfish in a bowl falls on the ground and breaks, and it looks cool. Nothing else really happens in this movie, but some bald kid with white face makeup looks pretty Blade Runner meets Jacob's Ladder. Dude.
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