Sweet November (2001) from Tuna and Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
November (2001) is not possible to review without writing spoilers. If
you want a plot rundown, read Berardinelli's pan of the film (1 1/2)
stars. I will say that I see his points, but not his score. I was very
impressed by Charlize Theron in this role, as she plays a dowdy
bohemian -- not an easy task for a statuesque beauty, and I believed
I did enjoy the first half of the film (boy meets girl) a lot more than the second (boy loses girl), but the film looked wonderful. When you are filming two beauties, Charlize Theron and San Francisco, you have a good start already. Both Theron and co-star Keanu Reeves have developed into very good performers. The film looks good, and worked for me, much more in the first half than the second.
Scoop's comments in yellow:
|"Sweet November" is a remake of a 1968 movie with Anthony Newley and Sandy Dennis, which I've never seen, primarily because of a medically unexplained allergy to both Anthony Newley and Sandy Dennis. Or maybe I have seen it, but I seem not to have any memories of the entire year of 1968, a condition which I believe to be related to the pulmonary ingestion of preventative glaucoma medication.||
|Look, let me be
honest here. I don't like weepy-ass dyin' woman movies, and I don't
like "kooky woman brings new dimension to the life of uptight
asshole" movies. I've never seen one of either that I could
stand, and this is both, so watching it was an excruciatingly painful
experience, and I spent a lot of time talking back to the TV, and
occasionally throwing things at it.
Back in college, I once beat a guy senseless just because he liked "The Sterile Cuckoo". He was a great guy, a good friend, and if he had survived the beating he probably would have discovered a cure for cancer or overpopulation, but there are some things a man just has to do. I couldn't allow somebody with kooky-woman-likin' genes to breed, could I? The police investigated, and at first declared it a great tragedy, but when I told them the reason, they ended up giving me one of those special Mayor's awards for cleaning up the city. They covered it up in the press by saying the guy was a war criminal, and I had brought him to justice.
Well this movie IS "The Sterile Cuckoo", cross-bred with "Love Story", and then overlaid with the offbeat friends from "Four Weddings and a Funeral".
I am not kidding when I say it has ALL of the following:
Honest to God, they got every one of those in the same movie. The only item missing from the "flagrant appeals for sympathy" is a Nazi. Thankfully, Charlize Theron did not defeat any Nazis at any time during the course of this film, but I'm sure that is only because the writer never thought to make the evil Frank Langella character a former SS officer. He was certainly one-dimensional and arrogant enough!
Bubba, unless you have a predilection for this kind of stuff, this is a bad as it gets. It is just about as blatantly insincere and manufactured as a syrupy Hollywood chick-flick can be.
And yet, I have mixed feelings about the movie. It was obviously churned out by the Hollywood assembly line as a mass-manufactured product, yet it does throw its heart in the right place. It is not mean or violent, and its only message is that we should love more, and bring the people we love closer to us. It's really difficult to be completely mean to anyone with a message so naively gentle in an all too cynical world.
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