Falling Down ★★★

To be sure, Joel Schumacher’s Falling Down is hampered, from beginning to end, by cartoonish writing and a smug artifice indicative of Hollywood films in the early ‘90s (e.g., gang members right out of central casting).  That said, I would submit that, as a social morality tale, it is more prescient today than it was in 1993.   Indeed, looking back on the contemporary reviews, I don’t think Schumacher was trying to have his cake and eat it too with Michael Douglas’ angry white male (Hal Hinson) so much as he was presenting a Rorschach test to judge the viewers (Vincent Canby), all within the unlikely packaging of a distinctly mainstream film.  At worst, it’s an interesting and admirable failure; at best, it’s an odd little drama that mischievously aspires to be a dark comedy.