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Movie Review: 'The Hudsucker Proxy'

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The Hudsucker Proxy

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Newman, Tim Robbins, Charles Durning, Anna Nicole Smith
director:
Joel Coen
author:
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a C

Touted as a potential commercial breakthrough for filmmaking siblings Joel and Ethan Coen, Proxy instead flopped utterly and landed them beer-commercial gigs. Oops. Just because they were spending money raised by class-hungry producer Joel Silver (the Lethal Weapon franchise) doesn’t mean they were thinking of the masses; they lavished the green on eclectic art direction and up-to-the-minute effects for this comic fantasia, which follows a small-town boy who makes good in the big city by inventing the Hula-Hoop. While the stylistic affectations were grating on theater screens, at home they come across as droll idiosyncracies, making this faux-Sturges chronicle of nincompoop Robbins’ improbable corporate splash a more than diverting rental. B+

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