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Which episode? What am I missing? Fantastic beginning Does it meet the 4 rules of Christmas movies? Sure it’s fluff, but... Sweet Christmas movie Very special movie Perfect scene Fun old oater By the numbers, but... View all posts >


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If Neal hadn’t brought him home, the storyline arc wouldn’t be fulfilled, and I don’t think the movie would be nearly as loved and cherished as it is today. Yes, the movie is a comedy first and foremost, but John Hughes wanted to also make a point about hearts changing and softening. I remember seeing this in the theater back in 1987, and I laughed so hard during the Owen scenes I couldn’t catch my breath. I was leaning to the right, with my right arm across my stomach. The girl I was with, who I married a few years later (we’re still married), was also laughing during that scene, but she really lost it at the frozen dog shot. We quote this movie all the time. One more thought about the laughter: I also remember the AUDIENCE laughing a lot, especially at the underwear scene. Amen, and amen. The folks claiming to be anti-fascist are the ones shutting down all free speech and expression. Talk about jack-booted thugs. This is a beautiful, beautiful short film. J. Carrol Naish’s transformation from curmudgeon to a soft-hearted man is amazing. I just can’t see the Hollywood of today making something like this. <i>Clearly Michael believes this since he never runs, even after Laurie, his main quarry</i> This is exactly what always scared me about The Shape: He never runs, but he always manages to catch up to his prey. There are so many great scenes, but my favorite is Steve Martin’s son asking him if he can come to work with him, so then that can see each other every day. Roxanne is an amazing movie, and it’s certainly in Mr. Martin’s top five. I’d place Parenthood and Planes, Trains and Automobiles ahead of it. L.A. Story would be at number four, just after Roxanne, with The Jerk rounding out his top five. Stitch, your points are all valid and well-taken, but I still believe the movie has a certain power. Writer/Director Barden has his heart in the right place, and even with the shortcomings, the film he created is well-intentioned. During the time period The Judas Project was being filmed, it was leagues ahead of most other low budget Christian films. Christian filmmaking has come a long way since then, but The Judas Project is still a decent effort. My wife and I saw this on its second weekend back in ‘99. We’d heard it was scary, but had no idea about the twist. We were both blown away. It’s since become fashionable to claim, “Oh, I figured it out right away”, but I think most people are full of beans. They just don’t want to admit they were outsmarted by a movie. They both have a lot of unneeded carnage, but Halloween II flows so much better. Laurie is likable, unlike her drunken, broke down version in the new one. I still believe Halloween II is the only sequel where The Shape FEELS like The Shape. View all replies >