Posts Tagged ‘elizabeth mcgovern’

My Thoughts: She’s Having A Baby (1988)

September 7, 2011 2 comments

I haven’t ever felt badly after viewing a John Hughes movie before.  From Ferris Bueller to Sixteen Candles to Home Alone, I was never bored by any of his pics.  Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Hughes only true “adult” movie, is a triumph of 1980s screenwriting and acting.  So it’s sad to watch She‘s Having A Baby, another so-called “grown up“ pic.  Even with a few good scenes, it’s easily the most boring movie with Hughes’s name attached to it.  And a weak Hughes flick to me is strangely disheartening.

Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern star as Jake and Kristy Briggs, a couple of recent college graduates with minimal career aspirations and undying love for one another.  For the first few minutes, Kevin Bacon gives an extremely boring voiceover chronicling his life from meeting his fiance until college graduation.

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My Thoughts: A Shock to the System (1990)

A Shock to the System, a pic about an under-appreciated ad man who sets out to exterminate everyone who serves as a roadblock on his path to success, is a fun watch, but little else.  The comedy is generally to my taste–pitch-black.  Michael Caine is, honestly, in one of his best five roles of all time.  Swoosie Kurtz, as his domineering wife, and Elizabeth McGovern, as a beauty at the ad agency where he works, are both fine.  Peter Reigert, as the youn’in whose destined to get the promotion Caine’s character deserves and yearns for, is quite funny.  So what’s missing?

After a second viewing, I’m certain that the script just doesn’t hold together.  There are brilliant scenes of dark comedy followed by pedestrian sequences of cat-and-mouse police games.  The ending, far too predictable, isn’t nearly as over-the-top as it should be.

I do know one thing, though:  nothing that goes wrong is Michael Caine’s fault.

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