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"Hoosiers" vs. "Igby Goes Down"

Last night Shannon and I tried to watch the movie "Hoosiers". Good god! We turned it off after about 15 minutes, because we just couldn't deal with the trite writing. But it wasn't just the writing. I was bored before the first line of dialogue was spoken, so the directing wasn't any great shakes either.

I can't believe so many people describe "Hoosiers" as one of the best sports movies ever made. Haven't these people seen "The Natural"? "Bull Durham"? "Rocky"? "Eight Men Out"? Hell, "Major League" was a damn sight better than "Hoosiers"! At least it was entertaining.

So, anyway, we turned off "Hoosiers" and instead watched "Igby Goes Down" ... and boy were we glad we did. I would describe "Igby Goes Down" as a sort of Dark Side of Ferris Bueller. We've got the charmingly irresponsible kid, flouting all authority with a wink ... but all is not peachy-keen in the Igby universe. Because irresponsibility might be fun and charming, but it has some dark effects.

"Igby Goes Down" is darkly and irreverently funny, but also surprisingly touching. I think it would have made a good double-feature with "Donnie Darko", though they are very different movies.

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rah
Mar. 21st, 2003 09:32 pm (UTC)
I've never understood sports movies. Well, I've never understood most sports to be fair. But come on, is there ever any real doubt that they're going to win the big game? Makes it kinda hard to keep me in suspense. :)
shannon_a
Mar. 21st, 2003 10:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, no. The trend in sports movies now is for the team *not* to win, because that's too old and trite. Ties are acceptable, but full-out losses are common too, as long as it's obvious that the team beat back tremendous odds and came much further than was expected because of their undying determination.

I was going to reference a couple of recent sports movies where this was the case, but decided not to spoil them.

Just trust me on this one;).
mrmonkeybottoms
Mar. 21st, 2003 09:51 pm (UTC)
Best part of Igby Goes Down? Two words my friend: Jeff. Goldblum.

MMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
kimberly_a
Mar. 21st, 2003 10:30 pm (UTC)
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I'm a big Jeff Goldblum fan, but my favorite of his movies is "The Big Chill". It could just be that I'm a sucker for that movie, though.
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