The Freshman

• TOP NOTCH (my top choices)
• HONORABLE MENTION (well worth watching)
• YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER (I like them but you might not)
• CLASSICS (Great movies up through the 1960s - many don't have any rating)

 Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick, Bruno Kirby    

Summary -  Clark Kellogg is a young man starting his first year at film school in New York City. After a small time crook steals all his belongings, Clark meets Carmine "Jimmy the Toucan" Sabatini, an "importer" bearing a startling resemblance to a certain cinematic godfather.

Cautions - Some swearing. A crude sexual reference toward the beginning of the movie which that character is chastised for. Also, Penelope Ann Miller wears a rather thin blouse when her character first appears and she doesn't favor a bra in that scene.

Commentary - It's not hard to find film critics who liked this film - it's much harder to find regular folks who have actually seen it. Here is a sampling of reviews:

"Writer-director Andrew Bergman gives us a rare original script that ranges from film-school parody to a fantastic caper saga involving the gourmet cooking of endangered animals."
Gene Siskel - Chicago Tribune

"The Freshman is like no other comedy. Just when you think you`ve figured it out, it ambles away."
Roger Hurlburt - Sun Sentinel

"Fresh, frantic and unbelievably a flop in the States at time of release in 1990, The Freshman is notable as the first comedy in which Marlon Brando is actually funny, and the first film in which Matthew Broderick looks as old as he's supposed to be. It is also distinguished by the Best Performance By A Lizard ever. An underrated hidden treasure. Dig it up!"
Angie Errigo - Empire

For my part, I think it is a superb bit of casting and a sweet, fun but ridiculous plot. I really enjoy this movie for it's clever moments, quick dialogue and I've always been a sucker for a good "con."

One problem may be that it's unclear who the film-makers were making this movie for. It might feel too young for older audiences and it's a little too old for younger audiences.


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