Review Date: September 12, 1998
Director: Ron Howard
Writer: David Koepp and Stephen Koepp
Producers: Brian Grazer and Frederick Zollo
Michael Keaton as Henry Hackett
Marisa Tomei as Martha Hackett
Glen Close as Alicia Clark
Robert Duvall as Bernie White
The acting was top-notch on all fronts, with Keaton pulling off another quirky, stressed-out guy role, and Tomei demonstrating some depth as the pregnant reporter wife who feels her husband's life slowly trinkling away from her own. Close plays her cold, bitchy editor role superbly, and Duvall also steps up to the plate as the old, editorial coot with ailing health and family issues (his "uncomfortable for everyone in the room" coughing sequence was very cool and authentic.) One might argue that the film is a little too engrossed in its own world of high-stakes stories and jargon, but I guess I didn't mind that aspect one bit. In fact, that's exactly what I liked about the movie.
Overall, this picture will be extremely interesting to all those that want to know more about the business of selling newspapers, and/or those looking for some extremely bright acting moments from some of today's best actors. If neither point interests you in any way, then I suggest you stay away from this rat-race of a flick, and check out Howard's more inclusive cinematic vehicles like PARENTHOOD and BACKDRAFT.
Critic's note: This film was watched during a weekend layaway in New York City with Mrs. JoBlo by my side. Chinese take-out food was thoroughly enjoyed during our screening, which may or may not have, in some shape or form, altered my enjoyment of this film. Thank you for understanding.