The Hudsucker Proxy

• 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)

Tim Robbins, Paul Newman, Jennifer Jason Leigh   

Summary - A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.

Cautions -Mild language and thematic elements

Commentary - Do you have to be a fan of the Coen brothers to like this movie?... I can't say. As a fan of their other films like O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Raising Arizona, this stylistic storytelling and sense of humor is right up my ally.

There is a rhythm that I love to this fast talking, unpredictably riotous comedy that dares you to keep up with its daffiness and doesn't give a darn whether you get left behind. It's a film that takes place in 1958 but tells it's story in the style of Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell type movies from the 1940s. It's art deco visual design is straight from the 1920s and 30s. The inventive style and the over-the-top performances from Robbins and Newman make this a feast for the eyes and a barrel of laughs. Jennifer Jason Leigh deserves special mention for her spot on role as the 1940s era, fast talking reporter (some critics have been very hard on Leigh's performance but I think she nailed it).

To test whether or not this film is your sense of humor, I present to you the following. When the company's patsy, Norville (Tim Robbins), presents his revolutionary new product (eventually named the Hula Hoop but originally referred to as the "extruded plastic dingus") to the board members, consisting of clueless old men, the following questions are asked about it:

Board Member 1: What if you tire before it's done?
Board Member 2: Does it have rules?
Board Member 3: Can more than one play?
Board Member 4: What makes you think it's a game?
Board Member 3: Is it a game?
Board Member 5: Will it break?
Board Member 6: It better break eventually!
Board Member 2: Is there an object?
Board Member 1: What if you tire before it's done?
Board Member 5: Does it come with batteries?
Board Member 4: We could charge extra for them.
Board Member 7: Is it safe for toddlers?
Board Member 3: How can you tell when you're finished?
Board Member 2: How do you make it stop?
Board Member 6: Is that a boy's model?
Board Member 3: Can a parent assemble it?
Board Member 5: Is there a larger model for the obese?
Board Member 1: What if you tire before it's done?

If this is remotely funny to you... go check this movie out.


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