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Greg Kinnear gives the performance of his life as the affable, compulsive Bob Crane. I only know Bob Crane from television, but, based on what I've seen, Kinnear nailed Crane's mannerisms perfectly. Willem Dafoe is superb as bright, needy, and sleazy John Carpenter. Rita Wilson is admirable in her supporting role as Bob Crane's first wife Anne. Maria Bello plays his second wife, actress Patricia Olson.Read more ›
Sex addictions typically invite a smile, and maybe envy. "Auto Focus," which chronicles the traveling sexual misadventures of the television star Crane, is a very funny movie, but, to its credit, inspires none of the latter emotion. If Bob Crane's life was perfectly normal, as Crane seemed to believed for a time, than "normal" is one hell of a raw, tiring deal.
In a year of virtuoso male performances, Greg Kinnear was overlooked for his portrayal of the "Hogan's Heroes" star, but Kinnear delivers the performance of his still young career. He has Crane's look, his bemusement, his bewilderment, his shallowness and his greed.
But at the outset of "Auto Focus," Crane is still a LA radio disc jockey and a bit of a goof -- a "cut up" as he calls it -- and still a reasonably devoted-if-vacant family man.
And then Crane lands the "Hogan's" gig. He meets the 1960s version of a tekkie in John Carpenter (Willem Dafoe), who hangs around stars and peddles new gadgets, like the Sony Video Tape Recorder. Crane, it turns out, is a gadget man himself. Together, they use the VTR to record one another having sex with women.
Carpenter is the creep to end all creeps, but Crane is so locked into being affable that he bypasses the unseemliness for Carpenter's universal interests in naked women and booze. When he starts drumming late nights at a strip club, it's clear that his high school sweetheart-turned wife, Anne (Rita Wilson) won't be seeing him much any longer. There is one break when Crane discovers Carpenter is probably gay -- "It was a group grope!" Carpenter pleads -- but the rift is mended when Crane's home VTR player breaks, and only one man can fix it.Read more ›
Greg Kinnear aptly portrays Crane as an obsessed man who strictly adhered to the motto "a day without sex is a wasted one." He meets the somewhat parasitical John Carpenter (Willem Dafoe) who introduces him to the numerous females eager to sleep with a famous actor. Both men share a common interest in taking pictures of their exploits. This inevitably does little to aid Crane's career which is premised upon his marketed image as a clean cut all-American husband and father figure. Crane psychologically and existentially disintegrates into a pitiful creature undeserving of respect. We know something bad is going to happen. It's merely a question of when and where.Read more ›
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Great Movie really underrated, if you haven't seen It buy this DVD because it's hard to see on CablePublished 4 days ago by Matthew W. Mccormick
I bought this DVD in 2003 shortly after it was issued, because the movie was said to be based on Robert Graysmith's book, "The Murder of Bob Crane", and I wanted to see... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Midwest Reviewer
for all those people that had a crush on Colonel Hogan way back when this is an interesting watch. And for others interested in addictive personalities. Read morePublished 2 months ago by alex phillips
very interesting and well done... a bit depressing but that goes with the territoryPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer