EW Staff
May 31, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Independence Day

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, Mary McDonnell, Bill Pullman, Randy Quaid, Will Smith
director
Roland Emmerich
genre
ActionAdventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B

One badly wants to like both Independence Day — a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel — and its narrator, Frank Bascombe, whose marriage collapsed and oldest son died in Ford’s The Sportswriter. Now a real-estate agent in Haddam, N.J., Bascombe provides a minutely detailed account of a moderately disastrous July 4 weekend. A vivid, witty, but unpleasurable depiction of a man hovering on the edge of clinical depression. B

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