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Suddenly, life was more than French fries, gravy, and girls.
Set in 1959, Diner shows how five young men resist their adulthood and seek refuge in their beloved Diner. The mundane, childish, and titillating details of their lives are shared. But the golden moments pass, and the men shoulder their responsibilities, leaving the Diner behind.
Barry Levinson's "Diner" is a dialogue-driven slice of late 1950s life. With characters who would rather talk to each other than push further into adulthood, the film's focus on conversational character interaction over plot makes plenty of sense. There may not be a lot of forward motion here, but "Diner" manages to be affecting and engaging nontheless.
Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Paul Reiser, Timothy Daly, and Kevin Bacon star as a group of pals trying hard to shrug off the responsibilities of adulthood as long as they can. With jobs, marriages, and grownup life calling, the friends would rather shoot the breeze at their favorite Baltimore diner than really growup. Through their interactions, the audience is able to…
Like the characters in the film, we all eventually move on from Diner more swiftly than expected. The world of bullshitting the night away, forensically debating the minutiae of youth and associated pursuits, now feels like a previous lifetime, a foreign, alien land. Once upon a time this was a fabulous roommate film on loop that captured those years and friends you never forget so vividly, regardless of era. It was real and true and every glance and nuance held me on tenterhooks. But then I turned 21. I changed. I got old. I left youth behind. Diner is now like a marvelous summer I only half remember, and half understand, but I always enjoy coming back to it. One…
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So that's Pop's Secret
A bunch of jerks act like jerks.
As a Baltimore native, I appreciate "Diner" in some ways that other people may not -- its churches, restaurants, bars and neighborhoods are all places I am familiar with (it was shot on location). But this is a man's world in "Diner", a world I am not entirely comfortable with, which keeps me from fully enjoying the movie. A very well-done, clever film with great dialogue, but it's a "boys club only" movie at its core.
Men are such assholes. I'd never thought I'd see a movie where Mickey Rourke shares the screen with someone sleezier than him, but Steve Guttenberg making his fiancé pass a sports quiz before she has the honour of marrying him kind of takes the cake. That's like torturing yourself for the opportunity to be rewarded with a lifetime of more torture. All that aside though, this did feel very true to the time and place it was set (as far as I can tell anyhow). A decent slice of life film, with a good soundtrack and some talented actors...except Steve Guttenberg, fuck that guy.
In-flight movie #2
A wonderful movie, set in Baltimore, around Christmas of 1959. A fluctuating group of five or six young men in their early 20s hang out together; they've known each other since high school, and though they're moving in different directions, they still cling to their late-night bull sessions at the diner-where, magically, they always seem to have plenty to talk about. It's like a comedy club-they take off from each other, and their conversations are all overlapping jokes that are funny without punch lines. Conversations may roll on all night, and they can sound worldly and sharp, but when these boys are out with girls, they're nervous, constricted, fraudulent, half crazy. Written and directed by Barry Levinson, DINER provides a…
Letter Grade: B-
My review: blueprintreview.co.uk/2016/10/diner-2/
Mickey Rourke's the guy who stands out in this ensemble. His affectations -- the low murmurs and sly grins -- seem like they'd come off too cute or self-conscious, but this is a self-conscious character. They work for him. And the whole movie long, as outrageous as he gets, I couldn't help but feel like he was really the only TRUE actor in the whole cast.
Guttenberg, Stein, Bacon and Reiser ( I finally checked this movie out after hearing Reiser's "WTF" episode) are all okay -- they're ALL sort of muted caricatures, even Rourke -- but Rourke is the only one who feels like he's got weight to him. He's also the darkest, if that has anything to do…
Friends Simulator 1959
Second viewing. Opinion still pretty much the same: A fine entertainment with charming performances and memorable scenes, although it falls short of greatness because it lacks a powerful conclusion (the ending scene, with the guys hanging out at a wedding, feels curiously anticlimactic).
But the film remains one of the most impressive directorial debuts. Levinson is no auteur, but what I love about his work is that he really just directs movies about things he likes. Some of the things in this film foretell later scenes in "Rain Man", such as: Daniel Stern's character throwing a fit when his wife, played by Ellen Barkin, disturbs his alphabetized records (Raymond panicking when Charlie Babbit disturbs his Shakespeare books), or when the…
A bunch of jerks act like jerks.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…