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Good performences, but lacking in plot.,
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Texasville is not a bad movie, it did poorly in 1990 upon its theatrical release despite a top notch cast and solid performences all around. Cybill Shepherd fresh off of Moonlighting does seem more Maddie Hayes than Jacy Farrow at times, but overall gives a great performance. The same can be said of Annie Potts' Carla, who at times reverts to Mary Jo from Designing Women.
The main flaw with this movie is that it would have made a better tv-movie or mini-series than theatrical release. It's bleak and depressing like its predecessor, but lacks the impact of the first film, maybe because being depressing teenagers is more interesting than being depressed adults. The film does do a good job capturing the essence of the novel, and in several spots it is actually more entertaining. Also, there are one too many characters in Archer City this time around, again this is one more reason why TV whould have better fit this film.
In closing, this is a good film, but simply is overburdened by the weight of too many characters.
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Initial post: May 25, 2009 7:29:22 PM PDT
Doctor Mabuse says:
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW also has no plot and an abundance of characters. This is not a criticism but a description; the same applies to Robert Altman's NASHVILLE.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2012 1:21:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 15, 2012 1:27:39 PM PDT
Steve Kohn says:
I'll second that. It's not plot or lack of one that hurts the movie. It's too much vapid dialogue, the approval of sexual immorality, tiresome children who seem to have never once been reprimanded, the wasting of thousands of eggs in a prank.
Most of all it was wasting the opportunity to have a lot of good actors help tell a moving story, maybe even one with a moral.
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