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Reviews for the week of April 24, 2000.

Monday:
28 Days

28 Days
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The best word I can think of to describe 28 Days is "blah". At least, that was the word that kept surfacing in my mind as I watched this duller-than-dirt drama.

Sandra Bullock stars as a writer sentenced to 28 days in rehab after literally crashing her sister's wedding. (Drinking and pill popping led her to accidentally smash the wedding cake, make a rather inappropriate toast to the bride and groom, and drive the limo into a house.) Other patients at the clinic include an emotional gay guy who proves occasionally laughable, a seventeen-year-old heroin addict who is also addicted to her favorite soap opera, and a professional baseball player who seems to interest Bullock for a while.

Of course, she already has a boyfriend. He helpfully brings her booze and pills at rehab. It's obvious that she needs to ditch this loser.

I recall reading a review that hailed 28 Days as a very laughable comedy. What, was the critic who wrote that drunk when he saw this film? 28 Days offers maybe three humorous scenes, and those would not rank among the funniest of all time. (Incidentally, I'm not the only person who didn't find 28 Days funny; I didn't hear too many other people in the theatre laughing either.

Audio VersionBasically, 28 Days is a melodramatic, uninteresting story about junkies and how hard it is to lose an addiction. Not to sound unsympathetic, but I got really tired of listening to these people whine. Although the acting is fine, 28 Days lacks a great deal in the plot department, and drags on endlessly - it was so slow-moving, I felt like I was in the theatre for 28 days! This film is so depressing it could, well, drive a person to drink.

My Rating = One Star

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Friday:
Where the Money Is

Where the Money Is
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Where the Money Is would be more aptly titled Bank Robbing Fun and Excitement for the Depends Set, because exactly what this film turns out to be. If you're younger than seventy, you will probably be bored out of your skull by this dull film.

Paul Newman plays an old bank robber whose ruse to get out of jail is faking a stroke. He manages to pull it off by playing catatonic for two years. Then, when moved to a nursing home, he plans to make his move. Unfortunately, his nurse (Linda Fiorentino) figures out the trick and beats him to it. She wants to help him rob banks, and eventually her dimwitted husband (Dermot Mulroney) gets involved also. (Meanwhile, she and hubby are having marriage problems; it seems they no longer like each other.)

Audio VersionI have to say that Paul Newman's salad dressing commercials are more interesting than Where the Money Is. According to my over-the-hill parents, he was a great actor years ago, but this movie stinks. The plot is as transparent as window glass. The acting could be better. They might also have titled this movie Who Cares Where the Money Is I'm bored and I Wanna Leave.

My Rating = One Star

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