I was a little disappointed by my recent re-viewing of Three Kings, also from 1999. This re-viewing, on the other hand, exceeded my expectations. I greatly enjoyed this when I first saw it in the theaters but, wow, it is even better than I remembered. It is absolutely perfect, a modern classic.
The multiple character narration, the comedic timing, the social satire, what doesn't this movie do perfectly? Reese Witherspoon and, needless to say, Chris Klein will never be better. Matthew Broderick debunks his Ferris Bueller mythmaking and grows up to be a big loser. Oh my god, this movie is great.
I actually watched the first 40 minutes of this while on a plane from Amsterdam. I didn't finish it until this past weekend. SHR wanted to watch part of it with me while on the plane. She declined my offer to give her one of my earbuds. So I put on the subtitles. We both felt pretty self-conscious during the scene where Broderick is having sex with his wife and he fantasizes about Witherspoon imploring him to fuck her harder.
On another note, whatever happened to the actress (Jessica Campbell) who played Klein's sister? She was so good in this and the episodes of Freaks and Geeks that she was in.
One of these days, I'll actually listen to the commentary on the DVD. I hear it is quite good.
While I seem to be in a 1999 mode recently, can a viewing of Go be far off?
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