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But, Bogus isn't just a figment of Albert's imagination. He's a just a part of the magic that connects us all.
"Bogus" is a film that both parents and kids can enjoy. It's warm, funny, and worthwhile. I think Osment and Depardieu have to be one of the best acting teams ever. Whoopi Goldberg is always a delight.
A great family film, completely deserves 5 stars.
Without spoiling the rest of it, let me say that Haley Osment and Gerard Depardieu complemented each other as actors to an astounding degree. It was as if they had been acting together for decades - a bit like watching Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau. The fantasy scenes, particularly the one where Bogus serves Albert ice cream in an imaginary ice cream shop, make this movie particularly worth watching. I'm surprised it has taken this long to put Bogus on DVD.
Albert (Osment) is left without family when his mother is killed in a car accident in Las Vegas. He had plenty of friends in the circus (du Soliel, I think), but no family at all. But in his mother's will, she named her foster sister and best friend from her childhood, Harriet (Whoopi) as Albert's godmother and guardian. Harriet had not seen her in years, didn't even know she had a son, and as she put it, didn't have a motherly bone in her body.
So who is Bogus? He was originally a drawing in the coloring book the stewardess gave Albert during the flight from Las Vegas to Newark, New Jersey, where Harriet lived. Once Albert drew him a mouth, he started to talk to him. When his seat-mates (both adults) asked him who he was talking to, he said "nobody," and took his coloring book with him to the restroom. There he started crying because he missed his mother so much, and Bogus called to him in a muffled voice from the pages of the coloring book. Finally he asked to come out, and turned out to be a tall Frenchman who became Albert's best friend. Only problem was, nobody could see him or hear him but Albert.
Or can they?
The individual incidents in the story are not all that big, except from the perspective of a little boy, but they add up to a very touching story which oddly combines fantasy and reality in such a way as to be really quite consistent and believable. In fact, at one point the babysitter falls asleep in front of a TV that is playing "Harvey," thus giving us all a reference point for the thread of the story. Harvey was sort of real, too.Read more ›
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Watched with my best friend recently. One to watch over and over. SweetPublished 4 months ago by Terrie Sizemore
Gift for my daughter came within the promised time, intact, and she was ecstatic!Published 6 months ago by Connie Sherman
I love this movie. It is one of my favorites. Great family movie too.Published 9 months ago by Barb