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Watching Albert Brooks "Lost in America"
Posted by: Guitarman
Date: January 22, 2006 02:26AM
The funniest sendup of 1980's yuppie America ever.
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Re: Watching Albert Brooks "Lost in America"
Posted by: spearmint
Date: January 22, 2006 06:35AM
That was the worst movie of whatever year it was made. The part where he asked for his money back from the casino made me cringe. I do not remember that as part of my eighties. As I do not remember buying a quarter million dollar RV quiting my job and exploring America. It did well at the box office but I could only get two thirds of the way through before bolting. Albert Brooks to my way of thinking is not funny but a whining pathetic person. IMHO it was Hollywood making a movie for themselves about their false stereotypes of the rest of us. Charmless movie.




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Re: Watching Albert Brooks "Lost in America"
Posted by: bangman
Date: January 22, 2006 08:16AM
It was a fine movie.

You're witless.



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Re: Watching Albert Brooks "Lost in America"
Posted by: wurm
Date: January 22, 2006 11:32AM
I loved the scene where he's at the unemployment office, discussing salary.

I've enjoyed several of Brooks' movies: The Muse, Defending Your Life, and even though not "his" film, he was perfectly annoying in Broadcast News. Especially the scene where he's filling in as the anchor.
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Re: Watching Albert Brooks "Lost in America"
Posted by: rob banzai
Date: January 22, 2006 12:14PM
That was a great movie. When he was at that little unemployment office trying to get a job... man, that was awesome.

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Re: Watching Albert Brooks "Lost in America"
Posted by: Guitarman
Date: January 22, 2006 12:51PM
How about that scene with Gary Marshall when he was trying to get his money back after his wife lost it all.



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Re: Watching Albert Brooks "Lost in America"
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: January 22, 2006 03:27PM
I lke the scene where he got the job as assistant manager at the fast-food place.
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Re: Watching Albert Brooks "Lost in America"
Posted by: chas_m
Date: January 22, 2006 04:04PM
Spearmint:

Not to be blunt, but everyone in this thread appears to have better tastes in movies than you do. Take a clue from this and try to learn how to look at films from a perspective different than your own narrow, limited life story so far (I mean no insult here; you're just not very old, if I recall correctly).

In another thread, we've been discussing Fellini movies. Have a look at that thread (and more importantly, some of the films mentioned) and see if that doesn't widen your perspective.

About Albert Brooks, I think the best way to sum him and his body of work up is that he's especially appealing to people who have some life experience -- particularly a few hard knocks to go with the mostly-good stuff -- behind them. Perhaps it's fair to say that he's a post-midlife comedian, but I really do think his stuff is fairly universal to those who have accumulated some wisdom about the world, regardless of age.



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Re: Watching Albert Brooks "Lost in America"
Posted by: h'
Date: January 22, 2006 04:31PM
Lost in America has been my official "favorite movie" since I saw it, and will continue to be.



I suffer from the same sensitivity that you do. A few nuggets of wisdom were shared with me and I'm "trying" to incorporate them into my life. First, remember that nobody can hurt your feelings unless you let them. You can always reject what is being forced on you emotionally.
Second, nothing changes unless you change it. If you don't want the behavior to be repeated then you need to take action. Otherwise the kid has learned that his behavior is the way to get things done, because everyone lets him get away with it.
In the meantime I sympathize because I've been there.
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Re: Watching Albert Brooks "Lost in America"
Posted by: hwystar
Date: January 22, 2006 04:59PM
Lost in America is on my list of all time favorites, but it's a pretty big list, because I watch a lot of movies, and like a lot of different styles. His humor leans toward being a little bit dry for some people. Humor is a very subjective thing, and different individuals have different standards for what is funny to them.


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Re: Watching Albert Brooks "Lost in America"
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: January 23, 2006 03:15AM
Taste in movies is subjective and personal.

I really like Albert Brooks, and Lost in America was really enjoyable. I really liked Defending Your Life, which incidentally was the first time I ever enjoyed seeing Meryl Streep.

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