Highball 1997 R CC

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A newly married couple tries to enhance their social life by throwing fabulous parties and inviting all their friends. During a year's worth of these mixers, we follow the trials, tribulations and relationships of a handful of fascinating characters.

Starring:
Justine Bateman, Noah Baumbach
Runtime:
1 hour, 20 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Noah Baumbach
Starring Justine Bateman, Noah Baumbach
Supporting actors Peter Bogdanovich, Andrea Bowen, Dean Cameron, Rae Dawn Chong, Chris Eigeman, James P. Engel, Carlos Jacott, Lauren Katz, Catherine Kellner, John Lehr, Ryan Postal, Christopher Reed, Annabella Sciorra, Ally Sheedy, Eric Stoltz, Louise Stratten, Dean Wareham, Lee Whitfield
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Wellen on December 18, 2000
Format: DVD
I'm a big NB fan. THis movie, with it's awful edits, still manages to be entertaining. It isn't nearly as good as his other two films, but still kept me glued to the TV for 75 minutes. The guest shots are fantastic, particularly the Ally Sheedy ones. Christopher Eigeman, my favorite actor, deserved a better part, but Carlos Jacott is terrific. Baumbach himself gives an enjoyable performance. THe movie is all about dialogue and much of it is inspired. If you are new to Noah Baumbach's work, go get Kicking and Screamin and then Mr. Jealousy. This film is really best for fans, and curious viewers. I'm awaiting Noah's next film with great hopes.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Nelson on November 1, 2000
Format: DVD
Noah Baumbach....is brilliant. I have to start off by saying that if you've seen Highball...hopefully you looked past the sloppy editing. I'm sure that's why NB, Carlos and Chris took their names off of the project...but this movie is hilarious. It's quite possibly better than Mr. Jealousy, but of course doesn't hold a candle to K&S. The humor is so fast paced that you have to watch this movie a few times to catch all the jokes, as is the way with all of NB's movies. There is rarely a dull moment and NB gets to show us that he's also a brilliant actor as well as a writer/director. Although Eigeman didn't appear a whole lot...he still got the job done. Carlos was absolutely perfect in a role turned 180 degrees in the likes of Otis...or Vince even. Can you name me five of the best movies of all time?! DING! Ummm...K&S...Mr. Jealously...Highball...Um....Days of Wine and Monkeys...John Grisham's The Monkey...
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. D Sadowsky on August 7, 2004
Format: DVD
If possible, view this on DVD - you'll want to cue up several different scenes. Yes. The lighting is poor, the acting is hurried, the set is something from an old high school musical (probably from Western NY). It was filmed in a week - don't kill the messenger. Nonetheless, if it's 1 am, and you can't sleep - THIS is the movie to watch. Don't expect 'Caddyshack', or 'Old School'- some parts ARE hysterical, but its humor is subtle (particularly the mannerisms of certain characters, plot holes that aren't explained, etc) - which is precisely why one can view it over and over again.

NOTE: If for no other reason - you must see this film, for the scene of the two giant lizards conversing over work at the Halloween party. Never on celluloid has the "F" word been so prefectly placed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marc Harshbarger on December 27, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film was shot in only six days--and it looks it. The one set of a couple's apartment is not very attractive to look at, but who cares. It suits the needs of the film. What I like about the quirky "Highball" is the weird comic writing and some inspired performances. The movie was written and directed by Noah Baumbach, whom you may know as the writer/director of "The Squid and the Whale" and more recently, "Margot at the Wedding". "Highball" is from 1997, and Mr. Baumbach chose to put two different aliases on the film as the writer and the director. Hopefully he's not ashamed of this early flick of his because it's quite enjoyable.

The story is simple. Young couple throw three parties over the course of a year. First is a birthday party for a very odd friend. The second is a hoot of a Halloween party (the funniest sequence). And last is a New Year's Eve party. Their friends come over and people fight and kiss and play games and eat. And that's about it.

The cast is very diverse: Justine Bateman (who is excellent as a wallflower who later blossoms), director Peter Bogdanovich (who is delightful as he quotes from various movies), Ally Sheedy and Rae Dawn Chong (who both play themselves), Eric Stoltz, Annabella Sciorra and Chris Eigeman.

If you're looking for something different and fun, check out "Highball". It's a kooky little gem of a flick.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "skipmccoy" on September 17, 2000
Format: DVD
Listen up Kicking and Screaming(and Mr. Jealousy) fans! Noah Baumbach has not let us down yet, and this film is no exception. it has all of his trademark dialogue and characters. It also has a lot of his cast regulars-Eric Stoltz, Chris Eigeman, Carlos Jacott. Annabella Sciorra returns and so does Dean Cameron(yes! ). It also has 80s goddesses Justine Bateman, Rae Dawn Chong and Ally Sheedy! Plus Peter Bogdanovich(who was pretty good in Mr. Jealousy)! This film did not get much of a theatrical release, but thank god it's finally available to be ordered on dvd! Noah Baumbach is really a can't miss type writer-director for those of us who like his films-just order it!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on January 5, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Perhaps predictably, this movie suffers from not having the same kind of time and money invested in its production compared to Kicking & Screaming and Mr. Jealousy. Those two films had a uniquely beautiful combination of literate dialogue and humorous ensemble interaction. While Highball had many of the same actors from the first two movies, the overall dialogue and themes were totally different. The first two movies had irreverence mixed with the sympathy of nostalgia and the difficult emotional transition to adulthood. Highball had no direction at all.
While I no longer remember all the details of Highball, I felt that the characters were poorly defined and the plot less meaningful than Mr. Jealousy and Kicking & Screaming. The movie seemed incomplete and hastily put together.
If you like literate, witty ensemble comedies, you should definitely see Kicking and Screaming, then Mr. Jealousy, then the Whit Stillman trilogy (which also features Chris Eigeman): Metropolitan, Barcelona, and The Last Days of Disco. All 5 of those being among my favorites.
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