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Review of the day for the week of November 9, 1998.

Monday:
All of Me

All of Me
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Steve Martin does an excellent job of a playing a difficult comedic role in All of Me.

Martin plays a lawyer whose client, a rich - and dying - old kook named Edwina, plans to leave her money to Teri, whose body Edwina plans to enter when she dies. Teri will hold a bowl, which will channel Edwina's spirit into Teri's body.

Yeah, right. However, movies weren't meant to be true to life. Yes, it does work - except the bowl falls out a window and conks Martin on the head, so Edwina's spirit ends up in his body! One of the funniest comedy scenes ever proceeds to unfold, as Martin yells at himself, stumbling around on a crowded sidewalk, and striking womanly poses as Edwina tries to take over. Martin's acting is terrific.

All of Me was a wonderful comedy, but you have to be able to accept the rather hokey premise. Otherwise you'll just keep saying, "Give me a break" all the way through this movie. Leave your common sense at the door when you watch this one.

My Rating = Three Stars

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Tuesday:
War of the Roses

War of the Roses
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War of the Roses is the tale of Oliver and Barbara Rose, the couple who fell in love, got married, and lived happily ever after.

Nope.

Oliver (Michael Douglas) and Barbara (Kathleen Turner) end up having the nastiest divorce ever. The big problem is that neither one of them wants to give up their spacious, beautiful house (Oliver made a lot of money as a lawyer) nor do they want to sell it. So, they end up living together even after the divorce, and naturally, they get on each other nerves a little.

Okay, that's an understatement. They go to the lengths of destroying each other professionally, and driving each other almost to the point of insanity. In one scene Oliver crashes one of Barbara's parties - she's a caterer - and acts terribly uncouth. In other words, he sneezes all over the food, blows his nose, and tosses the tissue into one of the dishes!

The best is yet to come. In an effort to "patch things up", Barbara fixes Oliver some pate and tries to talk to him. They get into another argument and she informs him that the pate was made from his dog! (Now if Oliver had been a vegetarian, he wouldn't have had to worry about unknowingly eating a pet, so this story does have one good moral. But that's just my opinion.)

Watching this film, it's interesting to note that Barbara wants nothing to do with Oliver anymore, but he still seems to love her. And this twisted tale is narrated by Danny DeVito, well cast in his role as a lawyer friend of Oliver's. (I was reminded vaguely of DeVito's role in The Rainmaker, where he also played a lawyer.)

It's definitely worth watching.

My Rating = Three Stars

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Wednesday:
The Siege

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The Siege is an action/thriller with plot, notable action scenes, and top-quality actors. Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, and Bruce Willis star in this fascinating film.

Washington plays a New York City FBI agent who has to deal with several sudden acts of terrorism. Bening is a mysterious CIA agent who may or may not be on his side - her character keeps you guessing. Willis is the cold-fish type head of the military.

An Arab religious fanatic leader has sent several men to the U.S. to die for their religion - and take a lot of Americans down with them. Although Washington catches a couple, several are still at large. Soon, the military may have to be called in to police New York City.

The sudden plot twists and interesting characters kept The Siege riveting, although my mind wandered a little at a few of the longer chase scenes. For the most part, however, I was thoroughly hooked on this thriller, and I highly recommend it.

My Rating = Three Stars

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Thursday:
Cop and a Half

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In Cop and a Half, Burt Reynolds stars as a rather disgruntled cop who is stuck with a young, eager partner.

An eight year old, to be exact.

Devon (Norman Goldman III) has always wanted to be a cop, and subsequently spies on everyone. He happens to witness a crime one night, and gets all the pertinent information, but refuses to tell the cops anything unless they make him a cop. So, Reynolds reluctantly agrees to let Devon ride around in his cop car for a few days. Naturally, Devon annoys Reynolds.

Cop and a Half is a fun, facetious film. It is a much more entertaining watch than Reynolds' previous films, such as Stroker Ace. Cop and a Half is a quick, (90 minutes) light-hearted comedy.

My Rating = Three Stars

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Friday:
The Waterboy

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The Waterboy was marginally less painful than I expected it to be, which isn't saying a lot for this dumb-hick-hits-the-big-time film.

Adam Sandler stutters his way through the movie as the title character, Bobby Boucher, a thirty-year-old football team water-boy. When some team members make fun of Bobby, Coach Kline (Henry Winkler) encourages Bobby to stand up for himself. Bobby proceeds to do this by tackling the next team member to annoy him, and Coach Kline realizes Bobby could be a great football player. Of course, Bobby is an idiot who knows nothing about the game, and Bobby's domineering mother doesn't want him playing "foolsball", as she calls it. Still, Kline convinces Bobby to play and soon the team is winning games again.

A few scenes in Waterboy were mildly amusing in a that-was-so-bad-it-was-good type way - for example, when Coach Kline shows off the Roy Orbison tattoo on his butt. Most of it, however, was mindless drivel. The thing that I really hated was Sandler's nerve-wrackingly irritating stuttering. It drove me crazy! And to think I almost forgave Sandler for the Billy Madison movies because of The Wedding Singer.

My Rating = Two Stars

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