Movie Review: 'The Hudsucker Proxy'
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+