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Michael Hardner
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posted 23 November 2002 01:41 AM      Profile for Michael Hardner   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
True Lies was on A&E (I know, I know) tonight, and it was quite a bizarre experience watching it post 9-11 and all. There were a few disturbing aspects to this film. Examples:

- The film assumes an implicit truth that the CIA is everywhere and knows exactly what is going on at all times. This effect seems intended to provide the viewer with a certain sense of comfort, as the film is also supposed to be a rollicking comedy. Seeing it now though, the effect is like that of a tasteless joke.

- The strange relationship between the Jamie Lee Curtis character and the Arnold Schwartz????er character was supposed to be normal and cute, but was actually incredibly sadistic and manipulative. ( Maybe this is what the title refers to ? )

- More than a few terrorist ideas are provided to any nut who can make it to the Kuwait City Blockbuster and fork out $3.50 for a seven day rental.

- The Arabs in the movie are almost universally portrayed as inhuman, with an exception provided in a young character on the side of the good guys (comedy relief).

The movie is actually pretty clever for the first half. It will keep you interested enough to finish the whole thing out, even when it gets really, really stupid.

I recommend the film as a fun trashy and vapid rental, but only to people who can find Canada the US, Iraq and Kuwait on a map.

Can anyone else relate any experiences where a more recent event has changed the context of an old film or television show ?

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posted 23 November 2002 03:05 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
From: You shall not side with the great against the powerless. | Registered: May 2001  |  IP: Logged
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posted 23 November 2002 03:52 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I loved True Lies. I've seen it quite a few times. Of course, I like Arnie when he's being funny (Schwarzenegger, not Tom, although he was pretty good in the movie too). However, the thing that disturbed me was when the husband started making the wife run around in circles and scaring her as revenge for her having dinner with buddy pretending to be Secret Agent Man.

However, I was willing to suspend my disbelief and see the humour behind a husband trying to give his wife the same kind of excitement she is obviously craving since she's so impressed with a guy who says he's a spy, but thinks her husband's so boring.

From: I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell. | Registered: May 2001  |  IP: Logged
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posted 23 November 2002 06:43 PM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Simpson's ruined Ahhnowld movies for me. The Ranier Woolfcastle character supplants, and makes me giggle like a little kid.

"upon clowser examination these appear to be lowfahs."

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