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Peter Falk plays the highly imaginitive Pedro Carmichael, who writes radio soap operas. One of Pedro's plot devices is to pick a nation that he can blame everything on, and the lucky "country of the month" in his latest soap is Albania, which creates controversy, a huge audience, and eventual havoc. Some of the funniest moments in the film are when the soap opera "comes to life"...Dan Hedeya, as a one-eyed exterminator (watch for the neon rat over the front door of his mansion) is hilarious in his caricature of a crazed bigot.
Barbara Hershey is excellent as the "older woman", and Keanu Reeves as Martin is utterly lovable in one of his most likable performances. He does well with his Louisiana accent, and portrays a youthful naivete that's engaging and believable...and oh my goodness, the man is a work of art. Total beauty in human form.
One of my favorite scenes is between Martin and Pedro in the cafe, when Martin says: "I think I kinda want to be a writer...", and it's clever how the titles are read like an old radio show by Henry Gibson. The early 50's era is captured well in the art direction and Wynton Marsalis provides some terrific music.
On the minus side, a few of Pedro's schemes are a little slow and weak, bogging the film down at times, but overall, if you're in the mood for some light and slightly off-beat entertainment, this might fit the bill.
It centers around a young writer (Reeves) who becomes smitten with his world-weary older aunt (well, aunt-by-marriage -- they are not blood relatives). Barbara Hershey plays the aunt, who plays the lovely 36-year-old divorcee who finds herself attracted to this sweet 21-year-old young man. She thinks she wants someone "older" and "dull," so she can have some stability in her life. But, as her sister tells her later -- "You won't change. You're too wild." So she ends up falling for this younger man who has dreams of being a writer in Paris.
Their romance is sweet and heartfelt, but the true hilarity comes in the form of Peter Falk, who plays an extremely eccentric radio serial writer who is manipulating the whole town with his sensational writing. The town loves the tabloid-like melodrama he interjects into the plots; they are completely hooked. And Falk gets a lot of his ideas for the story by setting up Reeves and Hershey -- encouraging their romance (and then lifting big parts of their conversations to each other and putting it in the radio show). He also manipulates the whole town by targeting Albanians. Over and over, Albanian jokes. Albanian slander. The Albanians in town take notice!
The absurdity of the overripe plots of the radio serial are absolutely *hilarious*. We are taken into the "world" of the radio serial plot, where actors Peter Gallagher, Dan Hedaya, Elizabeth McGovern, John Larroquette, and Hope Lange play the "fictional" characters come to life in everyone's imaginations. These scenes are particularly hilarious, especially when you learn to wait for the Albanian jokes to emerge. And you *know* that they will!Read more ›
I love the romance, the schemes and betrayal, the surrealism of the piece.
Keanu is very good as the clean cut,aloof, yet smitten 'young man'. I especially like the 'dream sequence' with the jealous rage and torment .
Peter Falk does a good turn as Carmichael. He does very good accents. The animal jokes were great.
The Albanian jokes are weird, but hilarious. For example 'You're driving like a one armed Albanian with crabs'. It works though.
A classic film for any fans collection and the boppy soundtrack is a must too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hilarious - I laughed so hard my stomach muscles were sore the next day.Published 15 months ago by Bruce Wakelee
When I tried to play it, the message "this disc cannot be played in your region" comes on so I wasted my money. The only thing I can think of is that it is a foreign film. Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by Collette Berry
This little film is a gem that deserves rediscovery. A pre Matrix Reeves is marvelous as an inept southern boy with dreams of becoming a writer, Hershey (the most underrated... Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by DavidH
Keanu Reeves, Barbara Hershey and Peter Falk star in this film about the popular radio days. Just like TV radio was once all the rage and filled with a multitude of sagas. Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by Endora Aphrattos
Love this movie. Great story fun and romantic. Peter and Barbra really made the story and Keanu well he was just as sweet as could be in his soft spoken southern roll.Published on October 7, 2013 by Kathleen Sanderson
Read the book instead: Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter. Oddly, neither the book nor the movie provided a convincing romance, but the stories are so entertaining that I liked both... Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by Inner Peace
Oh heavens. This was a total disaster of a movie. I loved Peter Falk, but he was misused and script abused in this movie. Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by My Three Cents
silly and fun. I saw this a long time ago and I knew that it would be fun to see againPublished on March 6, 2013 by Joy E. Hancock
This is a film that was cut a bit too tightly, and it shows at times. It's a great Peter Falk venue to show off his ability to be truly absurd, but the love story between the leads... Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer