Charlie and Raymond. They Are Strangers. They Are Brothers. Thye Have Just Met.
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…
It's an incredible feat when a recognizable actor completely engrosses you in a performance so much that you forget you're watching him. Dustin Hoffman does just that in this film. Otherwise, it's a very solid, albeit somewhat contrived, film that's an enjoyable watch. However, worst Hans Zimmer score ever. Jeesh.
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…
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.
It is a safe movie, with a familiar plot: X person doesn't like Y, but they take a road trip and he starts understanding him and at the end, liking him. But it has just about enough amount of heart and soul to forgive the flaws.
What makes this work is ultimately the humour, the acting and the connection between our two leads, thus not being your average "Disney" cheesy road trip. Dustin Hoffman is funny in his role and pretty convincing. Tom Cruise is excellent. Many people hate on him because they think he's just a pretty face but most of the time he is pretty good in whatever role you give him. If you don't like him as…
3.5 out of 5 (B)
There are a view films that i did not see yet and when i tell someone, they look at me and think how can you love films and have over a 1000 dvd's? YOU ARE A FRAUD! And this was one of them.
Did i like it? Yes. Did i love it? No. It was just a bit boring. the acting of Hoffman and Cruise was good and the story was not bad. I just could not get sucked in to it.
It was just not for me.
The ultimate humbling experience.
Even a overly pompous, self obsessed, douchebag like Tom Cruise's character Charlie Babbit is brought to his knees by the innocence and awe-inspiring talents of Dustin Hoffman's Raymond. His ego was above the clouds at the movie's opening and after just a week with Raymond he'd been brought back down to earth.
The amount of talent and the originality of this story show how deserving it was of the Oscar back in 1988. As well as the phenomenal and original writing for such a touchy subject. And Dustin Hoffman's standout performance as Raymond Babbitt no longer was there the man who played Benjmain Braddock. He was long gone, completely immersed in the character of Raymond.
This movie was moving in every way. It humbles you the same way Raymond did to Charlie.
Good story and memorable performance by Hoffman.
Math is fun. K-Mart sucks.
Beth Grant! 80's Hans Zimmer!
47/365 (365 films in 365 days)
Incredible. A really warm film to watch. I haven't watched a good "character reformation" film in a while. Hoffman does a fantastic job as well.