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April 24, 2022

RUSHMORE — THE CRITERION COLLECTION

COLE SMITHEY

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ColeSmithey.comBefore Wes Anderson became a pale imitation of himself, he made a splashy sophomore comedy with punch.

Anderson's attention to meta/micro details gets filtered through an up-tempo youthful comic tone that flies in the face of adult romance.

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Jason Schwartzman is Max Fischer, Anderson''s hilarious spoof on Dustin Hoffman's character in "The Graduate."

Bill Murray does an early version of the Bill Murray he would become, while indulging in laugh-inducing slap-stick bits.

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Precocious but not precious, "Rushmore" is heavy-hearted comedy with a light touch.

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Here is an over-achiever's paradise.

Funny stuff.

Rated R. 93 mins.

4 Stars

Cozy Cole

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March 29, 2022

THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND

COLE SMITHEY

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ColeSmithey.comWhile far from being a perfect movie, "King" gives Pete Davidson's deadpan comedy room to roam.

Heart-on-sleeve emotional states of Davidson's millennial anti-hero get pressed through modern American society's limited choices.

Its drug store robbery subplot is this film's most grievous error.

Marisa Tomei and Bel Powley steal scenes left and right.

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If Staten Island must have a king, Pete Davidson is as a good choice as any.

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"I'm just trying to spread awareness."

Rated R. 136 mins. 

4 Stars

Cozy Cole

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March 27, 2022

SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER

COLE SMITHEY

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ColeSmithey.comComedy from simpler times. No smart phones. No internet. Ah, the peacefulness of it all.

Comforting.

Mike Myers was at the height of his game when he made this comic gem set in San Francisco.

Myers plays two roles, that of Charlie Mackenzie, a San Francisco poet, and Charlie's very Scottish kilt-wearing father. Bay City Rollers bitches.

Hilarious.

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Charlie performs beat poetry about his fear of romantic commitment at SF's legendary Vesuvios Cafe in North Beach.  

Awesome.

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Things get twisty when Charlie takes a shine to Harriet (Nancy Travis), a neighborhood butcher who speaks multiple languages, and who may be, wait for it, an axe murderer.

Eat it with a spoon to get every drop.

Rated PG-13. 93 mins.

4 Stars

Cozy Cole

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