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Review of the day for the week of June 1, 1998.

Monday:
Fletch Lives

Fletch Lives
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Fletch Lives an entertaining comedy, slows down toward the end.

Fletch(Chevy Chase) is a New York City reporter who inherits his Aunt Belle's New Orleans estate, a rather decrepit old relic that looks like it's about to collapse at any moment. However, someone offers him $250,000 dollars for it - but his lawyer won't say who, and by the next morning, she's dead. Using his reporter's snooping skills, Fletch sets out to discover who killed her, and if it has anything to do with the offer made on his newly inherited property. Soon he's investigating a TV preacher who "saves" people by bilking them out of their money. In one capricious scene, Fletch poses as a guest healer on the show, for a chance to investigate. When he is forced to actually appear on the show, he lies his way out of it with the ease of, say, his host!

Chevy Chase's brand of dry wit and humor proves quite amusing, andFletch Lives is a humorous, silly rental.

My Rating = Two Stars

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Tuesday:
Bulworth

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Imagine a senator who tells the truth - and nothing but the truth- and curses continously (while making public appearances), does drugs, cheats on his wife, and admits to all of it! That's Bulworth, the character that Warren Beatty portrays in Bulworth, the unusual new political comedy.

Bulworth is apparently depressed, seldom eats or sleeps, and hires a man to bump him off. Later, on the campaign trail for reelection, he suddenly decides he doesn't want to die after all, and dives for cover every time he hears anything that sounds even remotely like a gunshot. Everywhere he goes, he says exactly what's on his mind, offending person after person. At one point, in what proves to be the funniest scene in the movie, a stoned Bulworth is supposed to make a speech - and ends up singing a rap song about the corruption he's supposed to be covering up! As the movie progresses, he becomes increasingly apprehensive about the unknown person who will try to shoot him. Eventually, he steals his own limousine, and, with the help of a woman he met at a disco (Halle Berry), makes a run for it.

Too bad real political candidates don't act like Bulworth. Politics would sure be a whole lot more interesting if they did.

My Rating = Three Stars

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Wednesday:
Easy Money

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Easy Money is an adroitly comical movie about a man trying to earn some decisively not easy money.

That would be Marty (Rodney Dangerfield) a baby photographer who is, well, not in his mother-in-law's best graces. When she kicks the bucket he learns that she had some very unusual specifications in her will: he (and his family) will receive the bulk of her million dollar estate in one year only if he stops drinking, smoking, doing drugs, cheating on his wife, and gambling - plus loses weight.

Easier said than done. With some support from his younger daughter, and just the opposite from his friends, Marty tries to clean up his act, but doesn't know if he can make it an entire year. Meanwhile, there is an amusing subplot about his newlywed daughter and her husband, whom Marty doesn't like. During a meeting,Marty has to make an appearance at the department store that he will own if he makes it the whole year.

Easy Money was an easy film to enjoy, and I laughed the whole way through, as there was never a dull moment.

My Rating = Three Stars

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Thursday:
Godzilla

Godzilla
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Godzilla is your typical action/monster flick: lots of special effects, big monsters stomping around in Manhattan, and corny, cliche lines delivered by not-so-famous actors. If you like that type of movie, then I'd recommend it, but, frankly, I was bored during Godzilla.

One problem is that the two most annoying people - one of them is Nick Tatopoulos (Matthew Broderick) don't get stomped to death by Godzilla. Nick Tatopoulos is a preoccupied, nerdy scientist brought to Manhattan to study the giant lizard, Godzilla. Once there, he runs into his ex-girlfriend, Audrey Timmonds (Maria Pitillo) - what a coincidence, after years of separation - who is a wannabe reporter whose irritating whine continued for most of the movie.

Not that she's the only exasperating aspect of this movie - let's not forget Godzilla himself. Apparently he - yes, he - has laid eggs in Madison Square Garden, so they have to kill both him and the eggs. Easier said than done - every time they think they kill Godzilla, he's not really dead. It gets so repetitive, you just don't care if they kill him or not. This never-ending material is entertaining for, say, ninety minutes, but it becomes terribly stale after two and a half hours. Definitely too drawn-out, Godzilla kept me wondering if he would ever die and the movie would ever reach it's too-apparent ending.

My Rating = Two Stars

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Friday:
The Big Green

The Big Green
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I simply have to admit that I wasn't impressed with The Big Green.

Elma is a small town with a tiny school. A new teacher, Anna Montgomery, and a new student, Juan Morales, arrive at the school at the same time. (Naturally, the principal is dumb and can't pronounce Juan's name.) Soon, Anna suggests a soccer team. Although the soccer team is dreadful at first, Anna thinks that, with practice, they can be winners. In fact, she even thinks they can beat Elma's rival team, the Knights. Will they? If you like soccer, and movies about team sports, this movie may interest you, mildly.

My major problem with The Big Green is that I figured out the ending long before it actually happened. Therefore, there was, for me, no suspense in watching it - no sitting on the edge of the seat frantically munching popcorn. Just a long expected ending.

My Rating = Two Stars

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