The Majestic 2001 PG CC

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A young Hollywood screenwriter loses his job and sets off on a trip up the California coast without plans to return. The writer finds new courage, love and the power of his convictions.

Starring:
Jim Carrey, Bob Balaban
Runtime:
2 hours, 33 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Frank Darabont
Starring Jim Carrey, Bob Balaban
Supporting actors Jeffrey DeMunn, Hal Holbrook, Laurie Holden, Martin Landau, Brent Briscoe, Ron Rifkin, Gerry Black, David Ogden Stiers, James Whitmore, Susan Willis, Catherine Dent, Brian Howe, Karl Bury, Chelcie Ross, Amanda Detmer, Allen Garfield, Daniel von Bargen, Shawn Doyle
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Kathy W TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 23, 2008
Format: DVD
I LOVE this movie. Some of my friends don't and I don't have a clue why. It's a serious role for Jim Carey, something you don't often see. There are also some other faces you will recognize, like Martin Landau (Space 1999) and the town doctor (one of the Major Franks from Mash).

Jim Carey is a Hollywood Writer who is named as having possible Communist ties in the McCarthy witchhunt for communists period in our history. (If you were named as a possible Communist, you were blackballed until your name was cleared--guilty before proven innocent. By the way, you cleared yourself by being investigated and naming someone else.)

Jim gets disgusted when, after being accused, the plug on his film project is pulled and he takes off for a drive. He has an accident, loses his memory, and wakes up on the beach in a small town where he is recognized as Martin Landau's son Luke, who went off to war and has been gone for many years.

It's a great flick about a town who gave up more than it's share of young men to fight in the war and many never returned. The whole town celebrates Luke's return as he rekindles his former love relationship with his girl and fond remeberances with the town's people, in the backlight are the McCarthy trials and how they infringe on the rights of the people.

Like I said, great story line. You fall in love with the whole town as it enfolds.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By BeachReader on June 23, 2002
Format: DVD
Jim Carrey did a wonderful job in this movie, playing Luke, an amnesiac who is not really who people think he is. Like his character in "The Truman Show", this was not a comedic role and shows his versatility as an actor. In the beginning of the movie, he is Peter, a rather sketchy Hollywood screenwriter. As Luke, he assumes an very different persona.
The slow pace and the length of this film permit full character development. Viewers really get to know the characters and to care about them and their lives. Especially wonderful in her role was Laurie Holden, an actress who was new to me but who did a magnificent job in the role of Carrey's girlfriend. Her down-to-earth performance was right on target.
The Majestic, a run-down movie theater, becomes the rallying point for the townspeople - a symbol of the re-birth of a young man who has returned from the dead and the regeneration of a town which lost over 60 young men in the war. The entire town embraces Luke and rallies behind he and his father as they attempt to resuscitate the defunct theater.
This ode to America and its freedoms came as a welcome change. It was a delightful, easy-to-watch, nostalgic movie with a feel-good message, showing patriotic, small-town values. What could be wrong with that?
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By classicflicks on March 7, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
We've always loved the Majestic, but it's especially poignant watching it now, as America is at war. The small town that rescues Jim Carey's character is what we all want; the sincere sharing of joys and sorrows with others that have been where we've been.

I don't know why The Majestic ended up being a relative sleeper. (For that matter, I don't know why Saving Grace, Pure Luck, and other brilliant movies with brilliant acting ended up that way, either.) Except for in the Majestic, the lead was played by a man who everyone expects to see playing someone wacky or stupid, no exceptions. It's a shame. Carey was brilliant in this thought-provoking, heart-warming film.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Underwood VINE VOICE on June 26, 2005
Format: DVD
Frank Darabont has created a wonderful and nostalgic film with echos of Frank Capra everywhere. The lush cinematography, with its colorful hues, help create and enhance a very special movie that will leave you wondering why films like this don't get made anymore.

Jim Carrey completely loses himself in a quiet and underplayed role which could easily have garnered him an Oscar if anyone had been watching. This is an old-style film and Carrey gives an old-style performance as Peter Appleton. After an horrific car accident, he loses his memory and is mistaken and embraced by an entire town as Luke. Luke is a long missing and beloved son of both his father and the town.

Martin Landau gives a wonderful performance as always. The same can be said of Adele Stanton, as the pretty Laurie Holden, Luke's girlfriend and touchstone for all that really matters in life. James Whitmore and David Ogden Stiers are just two of the many faces you will recognize in this lovely portrait of a small town in 1950's America. An entire community comes together to help restore its once great movie theatre, "The Majestic," where magic filled the screens every weekend.

Like any Capra film, Darabont's movie takes its time to unfold. The basic story is surrounded by small insights into ourselves and how we live. Does what people expect of us make us better? If we become better than who we were, where do we belong then? Peter will have to answer these questions when he remembers who he is. He has come to love Laurie and his 'father' Landau, and may no longer be Peter; at least not the old Peter.

The town who feels betrayed by their favorite son is not the only problem Peter/Luke must deal with.
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