brian-mcgee - May 9, 2018
So here's an even more embarrassing story where one movie was sold out, so dad and I had to go see a different movie. Early February 1994, the new James L. Brooks movie I'll Do Anything opens to very little fanfare. It was pitched as a musical, but apparently he cut all the musical numbers and the movie he released was trash, so of course, my dad wants to see it.
Off to the tenplex on Rt. 4 in Paramus to see I'll Do Anything, only it was sold out. I chime in with, "I've heard Blink is good," but these quasi-rave reviews fall on deaf ears as dad has already made up his mind. It was the movie he wanted to see last weekend, but there had been a snowstorm...
"Yeah, gimme two for Car 54, Where Are You?"
If you're unfamiliar, Car 54, Where Are You was one of the films released during that 50s nostalgia boom in the mid-90s that saw Lassie, My Favorite Martian, Leave it to Beaver, and Sgt. Bilko all come to the big screen in atrocious adaptations. Appropriately enough, given the source material, this was the worst one of them all.
The big name in this film was Buster Poindexter, aka David Johansen glam rocking front man of New York Dolls turned actor in some of the worst movies ever made and Scrooged. His co-lead was John C. McGinley, and the cameos included "Grandpa" Al Lewis from The Munsters and Nipsey Russell. This movie is awful, rotten to the core, nothing good about it.
As we're leaving the theater, my dad asks, "What was the one you said was supposed to be good?"
"Blink, it's got Aiden Quinn and Madeleine Stowe in it."
"Maybe we'll see that one next weekend."
Thanks for always listening, dad.
Photo Credit: Backgrid USA
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