Tag Archives: Kevin Kline

The Ice Storm

IT WAS 1973, AND THE CLIMATE WAS CHANGING.  After the romantic intrigues of Sense and Sensibility (1995), director Ang Lee gave us something equally human but colder. We’re drawn into the relationships between teenagers and adults, families who gather in the suburbs in 1973 over the Thanksgiving weekend. The kids explore their sexuality and early, … Continue reading The Ice Storm

Beauty and the Beast

BE OUR GUEST.  When her father (Kevin Kline) is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) inside a huge, wintry castle, Belle (Emma Watson) offers herself in exchange for his freedom. Another live-action remake of an animated Disney classic. This one can’t escape a certain sense of pointlessness considering how close it stays to the … Continue reading Beauty and the Beast

Last Vegas

IT’S GOING TO BE LEGENDARY. When Billy (Michael Douglas) is about to marry his 40 years younger girlfriend in Las Vegas, his childhood buddies (Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline) gather to throw him a bachelor party… but there are unresolved issues between them. It may be easy to label this a Hangover for … Continue reading Last Vegas

The Extra Man

THEY’RE NOT GIGOLOS, THEY’RE GENTLEMEN. Young, aspiring writer Louis Ives (Paul Dano), who has a thing for the 1920s, rents a room in Henry Harrison’s (Kevin Kline) New York apartment and becomes a student in the art of being an “extra man”, entertaining wealthy, old women. The directing duo love to tell stories about eccentrics, … Continue reading The Extra Man

No Strings Attached

FRIENDSHIP HAS ITS BENEFITS.  Emma and Adam (Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher) have casual sex… and decide to make it a regular thing, provided they don’t grow feelings for each other. This movie spends its entire running time teaching Portman’s character that it isn’t possible, or even desirable, to have a long-term friends-with-benefits relationship, but never … Continue reading No Strings Attached

A Prairie Home Companion

RADIO LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.  In his last movie, Robert Altman took elements from real life and turned them into a typical Altman experience, with a large cast, parallel stories and overlapping dialogue. Audiences are introduced to the people involved with “A Prairie Home Companion”, a radio variety show that is airing its … Continue reading A Prairie Home Companion

Definitely, Maybe

THREE RELATIONSHIPS, THREE DISASTERS. ONE LAST CHANCE.  In the middle of a divorce, Will (Ryan Reynolds) tells his daughter (Abigail Breslin) the story of how he met three women and which one of them would become her mother. A romantic film that thinks it hits every right button, but rarely does. Definitely bland, maybe charming … Continue reading Definitely, Maybe

Jiminy Glick in La La Wood

IT TAKES A BIG MAN TO COVER THIS TOWN. When he’s assigned to cover the Toronto film festival, entertainment reporter Jiminy Glick (Martin Short) enthusiastically brings his family. Short and his fat suit move from Primetime Glick (2001-2003) to the vulgar character’s own movie. He claims it took 20 days to shoot and much of … Continue reading Jiminy Glick in La La Wood

Life as a House

SEEN FROM A DISTANCE, IT’S PERFECT. When everything falls apart for architect George Monroe (Kevin Kline), he decides to spend his last months building the house of his dreams – together with his estranged son Sam (Hayden Christensen). Inspired by Kurosawa’s Ikiru (1952), director Irwin Winkler has put together a predictable, slightly overlong and clichéd … Continue reading Life as a House

The Pink Panther

THE PINK PANTHER DIAMOND IS MISSING… AND THE WORLD’S GREATEST DETECTIVE IS SOLVING THE CASE ONE MISTAKE AT A TIME.  The coach of the French national soccer team is murdered and his huge, famous Pink Panther diamond ring is stolen; it’s up to Inspector Clouseau (Steve Martin) to find the killer. A remake of the 1964 … Continue reading The Pink Panther