Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Terms of Endearment

It turns out I don't like James L. Brooks films. I didn't like As Good As It Gets or Broadcast News. And now this film. Why did I watch it? Well, it won a bunch of oscars, including best film, and Jack Nicholson is in it. But it hasn't aged well. There's an annoying cuteness throughout the film. Even Shirley MacLaine's Give my daughter her shot! scene has a sitcom feel to it. And am I a complete monster for feeling nothing at the end, when, spoiler, Debra Winger dies? I have nothing against a good tearjerker. Kramer vs Kramer, E.T., It's a Wonderful Life, hell, even Forrest Gump... but this one doesn't work for me.

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