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I think the idea was that it was time for Jack to have some "fun" (killing his family) instead of the work (being a father, husband and author) that he was supposedly there to do. Send the athletes "back" where? To Athleteville? You need to spin better. All "them" who? I know what them you mean, but you don't have the guts to say it? I'm well-aware of his failings as president. However, the Olympics is the least of his mistakes. Not saying he was a great President, but how many Americans died as a result of either of those two actions? His Camp David agreements between Israel and Egypt were a pretty major accomplishment. I just remembered where I had seen T.C. Jones before. He had a brief cameo in the Monkee's 1968 film "Head", in which he played a "waitress". Peter Tork punches out the "waitress" (for no particular reason), and the audience is shocked until the director (it's a film within a film) calls "cut" and the waitress is revealed to be a man in drag. You can also see a young pre-Easy Rider Jack Nicholson walk past in this shot.. he was one of the producers of the film (along with Bob Rafelson), chosen evidently for his ability to add some "counter culture street cred" to the proceedings. According to this article Jones appears to have been straight (or at least bi) since he was married. He was particularly noted for his impersonation of Tallulah Bankhead, who of course appeared in Hitchcock's "Lifeboat" in 1944. Anyway, back to "An Unlocked Window". Lots of misdirects to keep the viewer interested. For instance, the window being opened turns out to be irrelevant to the story. We also have the line of dialog about the killer potentially popping out from nowhere, "from behind the stairs or on the landing" (which is a call back to Psycho). Of course, nothing pops out from the landing or behind the stairs. P.S. Love that dry British humor from Hitch. "But first, some sound and fury... signifying our sponsor's product" (replacing "signifying nothing" from Shakespeare's Macbeth). I love the dentist office massacre scene. It's so over the top and violent (and absurd) that you just have to laugh. And then there's F & B's squad car crashing into the high rise apartment building and them asking if they can use the old couple's phone. They trotted out the "Axis of Evil" (N. Korea, Iraq & Iran) back during the Cold War but they were never really a coherent block of any kind. As for Iran, for a lot of people, the Hostage Crisis back in '79-'80 and Iran's hostility to Israel are justification for singling them out, just as Castro hosting missiles during the Missile Crisis and the powerful Cuban voting block (like the Israeli voting block) are more than enough justifications for politicians to give Iran and Cuba special treatment. I don't know if Russia and China (let alone Iran) are truly an "axis" in the sense that the Axis Powers of WW II were, or ever will be, but they are certainly would be a more credible threat than Bush's "Axis of Evil", especially if they partnered up with the likes of Pakistan, Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, etc. Rape and emasculation seem often linked in films. Rape is a way for Rusk to avoid the emasculation of not being able to get his rocks off. I don't think he actually penetrates Mrs. Blaney in the film, does he? In Deliverance, the rape scene (of Ned Beatty's character) is the most extreme example of emasculation. However, we are left with the impression that ultra-macho man Burt Reynolds' character MIGHT perhaps lose his leg after the film is over. Not hard to see that as a kind of emasculation. The ill-fated Ronny Cox character is already show as a sort of "Beta" male in that he is overtly Christian and adheres to ideas like democracy and follow laws. It is actually the Jon Voight character who proves to be the true "macho" man of the film, in that he survives symbolically unscathed (not emasculated) and learns to kill with a bow. [b]"Yes, I think this is entirely possible. The movie is pitched rather "outlandish" and satiric, but in real life, Daddy would consider his options and his knowledge of his own daughter. Plus: he could probably spend as long as it takes to humiliate Lenny at future gatherings."[/b] I think the interpretation that Lenny is "bored" - a dog who had finally caught the car - is a misreading of the finale. He isn't merely bored of his new bride, nor is he in control of anything. Rather, he is crushed and defeated, caught in his own cycle of lies, in a crowd that sees him exactly for the charlatan that he is. I think he has nowhere left to climb either - unless Daddy makes him a Congressman (LOL). As Bob Dylan said in the song "Idiot Wind": "You'll find out when you reach the top you're on the bottom". Not quite as bleak as the end of Barry Lyndon - he still has a functioning pair of legs and his youth (I assume the character was meant to be younger than the actor playing him) - but it's in the same ballpark. Now that I think of it, The Heartbreak Kid is rather a throwback to the "Cad Makes Good" picaresque novels of the 18th Century. View all replies >