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This Must Be The Place
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Apr 16, 2013 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Paolo Sorrentino

Actors:
Sean Penn
Frances McDormand
Judd Hirsch

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After his father dies, a depressed ex-rock star decides to hunt for the Nazi war criminal his father was never able to locate. And maybe hit a hair salon or two along the way.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Sean Penn is an overrated actor. It's not very often I find myself interested in his films. The ones I have watched, however, I enjoyed (loved MYSTIC RIVER). They’re just few and far between. What’s even more ironic is that I’ve watched two Sean Penn films this month, GANGSTER SQUAD and this one. The two roles couldn’t be more night and day. That said, I preferred Penn as Mickey Cohen.

Right off the bat, I can say this, Sean Penn is an incredibly versatile actor who clearly has no problem experimenting with off-the-wall roles. And it doesn’t get more off-the-wall than Cheyenne. As a burned out Goth rock star, he sure is something to look at. Picture Buffalo Bill with a few years added to his ticket and the voice of sweet old lady and you’re there.

Looks aside, I just didn’t gel with the premise. He’s bummed because two brothers committed suicide and blamed it on his lyrics. Dude, you play Goth music. Do you really think Glenn Danzig (I know these guys are more metal, but still) or those guys from GWAR would’ve given up singing over a couple suicides? Doubtful. I know suicide’s nothing to joke about, but who says these guys just didn’t just decide to blame music on their way out? Okay, so throw that aside, then you’ve got Cheyenne on a cross country tour-de-force looking for a Nazi a la Magneto in X-MEN FIRST CLASS. I don’t think I need to tell you which one was superior in the entertainment department.

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE is beyond nuts, which is what makes Sean Penn’s character so interesting in that “I can’t look away” fashion. He’s a train going down a broken track that drops into a gorge. You know this, but still feel the need to see that explosion. There’s a few funny moments—all Penn of course, and I dug the chemistry he had with his daughter (it’s a wonder she’s not completely bonkers), but this is a special kind of film that requires a special kind of taste. Personally, I keep hearing the music from SILENCE OF THE LAMBS when Buffalo Bill is dancing in front of the mirror. But then again, I’m sick.
THE EXTRAS
Previews: There’s some trailers…and that’s it. I was sure there’d be a hairspray commercial, or an ad about lipstick.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you’ve ever wondered what Sean Penn would look like if he dressed like a tranny hooker, then look no further because you’ve in for quite a treat. But since the answer to that question was probably no (at least it better be), you might want to skip this one…and go watch SILENCE OF THE LAMBS instead.
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6:50AM on 04/16/2013
Sean Penn is an underrated actor? Dude, the guy has won two Academy Awards for Best Actor, he is considered by critics and the film industry to be one of the greatest actors alive. Underrated... not really.
Sean Penn is an underrated actor? Dude, the guy has won two Academy Awards for Best Actor, he is considered by critics and the film industry to be one of the greatest actors alive. Underrated... not really.
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12:32PM on 04/16/2013
Since when do "critics" and a couple awards mean anything?
Since when do "critics" and a couple awards mean anything?
9:44PM on 04/16/2013
@ The Gooch, What a ridiculous thing to say... that's precisely how actors are "rated!" By awards (and the Oscars happen to be the highest award an actor can achieve, so don't you dare try to underplay it), and how the majority of critics comment on their work. "Underrated" means a good actor who doesn't get the recognition, accolades, awards they deserve. Sean Penn is not one of those actors, he has been very highly recognized and rewarded, and being acclaimed by critics and winning two
@ The Gooch, What a ridiculous thing to say... that's precisely how actors are "rated!" By awards (and the Oscars happen to be the highest award an actor can achieve, so don't you dare try to underplay it), and how the majority of critics comment on their work. "Underrated" means a good actor who doesn't get the recognition, accolades, awards they deserve. Sean Penn is not one of those actors, he has been very highly recognized and rewarded, and being acclaimed by critics and winning two Oscars (and two Golden Globes, as well as other awards), along with commanding the respect of practically everyone in the industry MEANS A LOT.
6:44AM on 04/25/2013
Ah, I see the author of this review changed "underrated" to "overrated." Way to try and cover your tracks, bub.
Ah, I see the author of this review changed "underrated" to "overrated." Way to try and cover your tracks, bub.
12:35PM on 04/16/2013
I agree, you hear Penn's name a lot but I can't name that many fantastic roles of his. He's critically acclaimed, sure, but he's just another actor with a lot of odd movie choices under his belt. Good for him if that's what he wants, but it doesn't change the fact that most of his movies are a distinctly acquired taste that most people DON'T have a taste for.
I agree, you hear Penn's name a lot but I can't name that many fantastic roles of his. He's critically acclaimed, sure, but he's just another actor with a lot of odd movie choices under his belt. Good for him if that's what he wants, but it doesn't change the fact that most of his movies are a distinctly acquired taste that most people DON'T have a taste for.
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9:51PM on 04/16/2013
Oh, you want me to name some fantastic roles of his, sure: Mystic River, 21 Grams, Milk, Dead Man Walking, Casualties of War, I Am Sam, The Thin Red Line, Sweet and Lowdown, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Game, Hurlyburly, That's just off the top of my head. And most great actors (Daniel Day-Lewis, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christian Bale-outside of Batman) will often make films that appeal to their own sensibilities and not the movie going masses. Anyway,
Oh, you want me to name some fantastic roles of his, sure: Mystic River, 21 Grams, Milk, Dead Man Walking, Casualties of War, I Am Sam, The Thin Red Line, Sweet and Lowdown, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Game, Hurlyburly, That's just off the top of my head. And most great actors (Daniel Day-Lewis, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christian Bale-outside of Batman) will often make films that appeal to their own sensibilities and not the movie going masses. Anyway, back to the original point, Penn is a highly acclaimed, and rewarded actor, therefor making him NOT UNDERRATED.
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