Sunday, January 18, 2015

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

Today's film is Crimes and Misdemeanors.  It is unique in that everyone is a bad person.  I didn't care for a single character in this film.

In this film, Woody Allen's character (Cliff) complains about everything and also cheats on his wife.  Well, that's every Allen film, so what's the difference?  There's another cheater going on too!  This lady, Dolores, is sleeping with a married doctor.  An ophthalmologist, more specifically.  She is under the false notion that he will leave his wife for her.  But, they never do.  She threatens to tell his wife what's going on.  So, Dr. panics and calls his thug brother who kills her!

Also, Cliff is a documentary filmmaker who is having trouble making a film.  Right now, he's making a documentary about Lester, and he's not too happy about it.  But a job is a job.  Rather have a job I don't like than be homeless.  Then, there's more complaining by everyone.  There's a lot of philosophical mumblings, we don't care because everyone is so awful.  I don't even care what happens to these characters.

Remember the film Hannah and her Sisters?  Those characters all sucked too.  Even Allen must have thought so.  He stated that he felt he was "too nice" to them, and wrote Crimes and Misdemeanors as a result.  Well it worked because these characters suck ten times worse than Hannah and her sisters and their boyfriends.  I will give this film a 5/10.

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