Charles Sanford "Charlie" Babbit is a self-centered Los Angeles-based automobile dealer/hustler/bookie who is at war with his own life. Charlie, as a young teenager, used his father's 1948 Buick convertible without permission and as a result, he went to jail for two days on account that his father reported it stolen. It is then that Charlie learns that his estranged father died and left him from his last will and testament a huge bed of roses and the car while the remainder will of $3 Million goes into a trust fund to be distributed to someone. Charlie seemed pretty angry by this and decides to look into this matter. It seems as if that "someone" is Raymond, Charlie's unknown brother, an autistic savant who lives in a world of his own, resides at the Walbrook Institute. Charlie then kidnaps Raymond and decides to take him on a lust for life trip to the west coast as a threat to get the $3 Million inheritance...
God-DAMN it Cruise! You had a golden ticket! You had a golden chance to make your way! And you fucked it up! YOU FUCKED IT UP! You could have been the next Redford but instead you decided you were going to devote your life to believing in an evil space overlord that trapped a bunch of alien souls in a prehistoric volcano. And thetans. Next thing you know, you're jumping up and down on the Oprah show, denouncing the entire mental health profession. Now you're a one-man definition of irony. Good job there Maverick!
Raymond: Uh oh fart. Uh oh fart.
Charlie: Did you fart, Ray? Did you fucking fart?
Charlie: [Trying unsuccessfully to open the door] How can you stand that?
Raymond: I don't mind it.
Charlie: How can you stand it?
Raymond: Ten minutes to Wapner. We're definitely locked in this box with no TV.
I wanna start by saying this film in no way accurately portrays a person with autism, but I'll give it a pass on that because considering when this film was released we didn't know near as much about autism as we do now. With that being said I felt the performances were excellent especially Hoffman who really became the character he was giving to play…
Purely coincidentally, Rain Man happens to be the second Levinson film I've watched today and the two couldn't be more different. Going from a cheap (in a good way) found-footage flick to a drama featuring two of the most well-known actors of their time is quite jarring when they're both made by the same person. Levinson's highly acclaimed film thematically deals with two festival-favourites at the same time, a mentally handicapped protagonist and a dysfunctional family. On paper it sounds exactly like something I'd hate considering previous Hollywood treatments of either of those, but I'm pleased to report that for once they not only got it right, I actually thoroughly enjoyed it.
Tom Cruise does the usual Cruise performance and…
I have always heard how amazing Dustin Hoffman is in Rain Man. Well, I finally got around to watching it and that is absolutely true; he's flawless. But, what I never hear about this film is how great Tom Cruise is. In my opinion, this movie doesn't work without the insanely convincing douche that Cruise plays. What we end up with is an extremely complex, but believable relationship that very few actors could ever pull off so well. Throw in some great writing and a decent score and you have one hell of a movie.
This gave me a new appreciation for Rita and Runt. They're still the worst part of Animaniacs, though. Makes me wonder what other rich cinematic references were hidden in my childhood cartoons.
A great and well-told story about autism and a brother's bond. It's touching and also quite sweet. Hoffman is amazing and he plays the role exceedingly well, and it is a good role for Cruise, too.
I feel like the progression of how I reacted to Hoffman throughout this film was the same progression that Cruises character took as well. At first Rain Man is funny. You don't understand his problem. But as the movie goes on, you see how much he's dealing with and it truly becomes remarkable. I thought the pacing was great, the later half of the 2nd act may have dragged a bit, but not enough to matter. Hoffman deserved the Best Acting Oscar he got, and more than made up for a typical Cruise performance (bad). Also, bonus points for apparently the first Hans Zimmer score. It wasn't anything special...just interesting.
Dustin Hoffman is superb. Tom Cruise is pretty damn good too.
I Like 1988's Rain Man, I Like It Because One Tom Cruise Films 1986's Top Gun Is One Of My Favorite Films.
Rain Man is a legendary American classic, the film is still quoted and referenced in all facets of our society. Despite its longstanding status as a mainstream favorite, I was surprised by how conventional the script is. Sure, it may have broken some boundaries in its discussion of mental illnesses, but it follows the standard formula of the road trip movie religiously.
That isn't a bad thing; traditional often feels like a comfortable familiarity, and there is a reason the formula works. And it does work very well for Rain Man, I just never realized the film played so by-the-book. That isn't the only misconception about the movie I had. I thought the card-counting detour to Vegas was a larger…
This film is so 80s. And as I sound like a bad radio dj, let me say that this is a perfect way to describe this film. The only way there could be any more 80s to this film is if Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman were in high school and Tom Cruise had to go to Prom with the girl of his dreams as they turn 16. But instead we have ridiculous 80's music that often feels out of place while Cruise and Hoffman go on a road trip.
Now is this film bad? God no. This is a wonderful film. Do I think it is best picture good? No. I think this is good but when I see…
So, Tom Cruise - to my knowledge - has never had a serious drug problem. But there is a fact everyone does know: he doesn't channel his remarkable, consistent intensity throughout his endless intense performances from thin air. The guy has problems. Either he is an insufferable prick in real life with entitlement issues and an angry streak you wouldn't dare cross after seeing that look in his eyes, or, yeah, he's a closeted gay man who has devoted his life to denying it from himself and the entire world. Or he could be both. He has no fear, just a psychotic dedication to controlling his image. (His mistakes were entirely human ones- he just doesn't understand that people have…
This movie made me re-realize two things:
1. Dustin Hoffman is an amazing actor
2. Tom Cruise is not.
The movie is strange, and in a weird way the plot feels very much like nothing really happens. But it's funny, and sometimes endearing and worth a rental.
A touching tale of two brothers united after decades. Dustin Hoffman's portrayal of the autistic Raymond is outstanding and Tom Cruise's character development over the movie was moving.