This film is actually excellent. I hadn't seen it since childhood, and now I remember why I liked it. It wasn't the jokes--they were childish and fairly inane and I recognized that back then as well. It was the plot, the characters, and the music. The drama of this story is alternately light and dark but always has a strong sense of character and narrative drive--Tarzan is actually a BRILLIANT drama, with some catchy songs. Also President Grant from Scandal is Tarzan. He would be Tarzan.
A should-be-classic example of postmodern storytelling, this mature, raucous I-don't-know-what-the-fuck-genre-this-is picture revels in its intelligence, led by a near-perfect screenplay from writer-director Don Roos (nominated for the WGA award--Oscar ignored it for reasons that are probably stupid) and ace performances from Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan and, most of all, Lisa Kudrow, showing off a surprising range as a character so common in everyday life often relegated to one line in the movies. This film is real, funny, unpredictable, entertaining and…