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There are two kinds of people in the world... Bad movie If I ever become so serious about cinema... I didn't understand the message Did anyone else find the study fascinating? Horror? Or tragedy and sorrow? If the Coen Brothers were to have made a film about the death of Stalin... No discussion? Subtitles Two direct shots at Republicans View all posts >


Agreed. Good way to put it! I would suggest that if you don't want people to answer your questions, you don't post them on public message boards. Why not? It was a fascinating look at how things are often spun in the political world. It's a story about power and hubris and arrogance and what people are willing to do (or not do) given the stakes involved. These are transcendent themes. They're always interesting. "Chappaquiddick" was a fine vehicle for revisiting them. I didn't laugh one time. Loved it. Loved the twist. Up until then, it was a Lifetime dramedy. Nothing wrong with it, just not my thing. The twist saved it for me. Hi. Yes, I'll defend to the death her right to express herself. I'm not questioning that a bit. No, she certainly does not have to be impartial. You and I agree on all of that. I respect the how. I'm still puzzled over the why. Wow. I didn't think they made brushes that broad. I just finished the book. I can appreciate the pulp fiction aspect, but it was certainly not "A Farewell to Arms." But, yeah, I was surprised at how little it resembled the film. At what point is it just flat wrong to say a movie is "based" on a book? Whatever that point is, this one crossed way over it. It's the characters. All of the characters but The Dude and Walter, in particular. There are levels to them. There are things about both of them that you've seen in other people that make them eminently familiar right from the start. This makes for better humor (in my estimation) than over-the-top characters, like, say, Austin Powers or Ron Burgundy. But it also makes the humor more subtle, more nuanced. Here's the thing about this nuanced, layered film: The first time I saw it, I thought it was pretty good. Nothing great, but entertaining enough. The second time I saw it, I thought, this is very funny movie. The third time I saw it, I determined that it was the funniest film I'd ever seen. I still laugh at these characters whom I have grown to love and I've seen it like 10 or 12 times. You started out hating it, so I wouldn't think a second or third viewing would do much for you, but that's the way it affected me, for what it's worth. It's certainly not for everybody. View all replies >