Red Meat is the latest in
the "Diner" family of comedy/drama films about guys who talk guy talk while eating
These particular guys get together periodically to
sit at a table, eat red meat, and tell sexual war stories. One guy
tells all kinds of insensitive and cock-sure stories about past
exploits, and these occupy most of the evening. They aren't great
stories, but are not without some humor. I suppose we are not meant to
believe in them unquestioningly. The second guy's stories are
mostly about how he doesn't get laid, even when women attack him.
These yarns also have some charm, but once again we're not talking
Raiders of the Lost Ark in overall entertainment value. These two guys
have told stories that intersect one another. The cocky guy is always
trying to get the dweeby guy laid. In essence, they are like Joey and
Chandler in the earlier years of "Friends",
A really cute waitress overhears everything they
say, and thinks these two guys are both complete losers. Then a third
guy tells a weepy-ass story about how he dropped out of life for a
year to romance a woman dying of cancer.
Guy one and two leave the
restaurant. They see that the third guy is
still talking to the sexy waitress after the restaurant has closed.
The never-gets-laid Chandler-type guy asks, "Do you think
he made up that entire cancer story just to fuck the waitress?"
The cock-sure Joey-type guy says, "Nah, he's even more of a
woman than you are ... "
... unless he did make it all up, in which case he's
Great ending, but generally lame film. It was never
released theatrically or anywhere else for three years until it became
a Blockbuster exclusive in 2000. It finally hit the retail shelves
The best treat for me was a t-shirt scene with Jennifer
Grey, post nose job, and she looks to be in great shape, nose
and all. You
guys ready for a shock? I warn you, you're gonna feel old. "Baby" is
47! How can that be?
Trivia: Lara Flynn Boyle plays the dying woman in
the pictorialization of the third guy's story - and she's completely
bald. She looks pretty other-worldly with a shaved head.