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City Slickers (SE)
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Jun 30, 2008 By: Quigles
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Director:
Ron Underwood

Actors:
Billy Crystal
Daniel Stern
Bruno Kirby

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Three men suffering mid-life crises go on an old-fashioned cattle drive.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This movie hasnt aged all that well. While a lot of the sarcastic dialogue is just as hilarious as it ever was, the melodramatic mid-life crisis subplots feels dull and contrived, and the western setting and all the antics that come with it add very little to the overall entertainment of the film. Watching a bunch of 40-year-old city guys try to be cowboys may have been a funny idea 15+ years ago, but now it just begs the question: whats amusing about herding cattle?

Billy Crystal is the films biggest highlight; a reminder of why exactly he was considered to be one of Americas favorite funnymen. Every line he delivers is timed perfectly, playing well against the slapstick gag set-ups. While the surrounding storyline may not be all that interesting, the movie is still extremely enjoyable for its performances and stand-up comedy style banter.
THE EXTRAS
A lot of the basics (commentary, deleted scenes, making-of featurettes) on this Collectors Edition DVD.

Audio Commentary (with director Ron Underwood and actors Billy Crystal and Daniel Stern): An excellent track. Funny and informative.

Back in the Saddle: The cast/crew revisit their experiences making the film.

Bringing in the Script: The writers discuss how the film came to exist.

A Star is Born: An ode to the young calf Norman.

The Real City Slickers: A brief look at people that were inspired by the film to go on a cattle drive.

Deleted Scenes round out the disc.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
While still enjoyable to watch for Crystals performance and dialogue, CITY SLICKERS has become a pretty forgettable slapstick comedy, dragged down considerably by the lackluster attempt at a dramatic conflict.
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