Review Date: June 25, 1998
Director: James L. Brooks
Writer: Marc Andrus, James L. Brooks
Producers: James L. Brooks, Bridget Johnson, Kristi Zea
The acting was top-notch all around, with Nicholson pulling off another great performance as the rudest man in New York City, and Kinnear finally getting a chance to successfully showcase his acting chops to the world. Hunt was also very good, but I did feel as though she over-cried her part in one focal scene (Although she did make up for it in the scene where she demands that Melvin "never mention her son again" in the restaurant....ouch !!). The supporting cast was also very solid, with Gooding Jr. continuing to show us why he is definitely worth "the money".
And despite the fact that the movie did run a little long at close to two and a half hours, the effective manner in which the characters portrayed their lives was enough to genuinely keep me interested and caring throughout the picture's entire run-time. The soundtrack was also very good, as was the appropriate mix of sadness and humor throughout the entire picture. One thing to keep in mind for this film is that its content is definitely skewed towards a more mature and adult audience. Somehow, I don't see your local skateboarding GenX-ers appreciating the well-woven subtleties prescribed in this wonderfully human script.