The last time I saw this film was back in 1990, on VHS rented from Dano's video shop in Edenmore. I was ten years old and I was immediately sold on Steve Martin and Rick Moranis being in the same film. These were the two funniest people in Hollywood in my little ten year old brain.
And I remember watching the film and thinking WHAT THE HELL IS THIS? It wasn't a comedy. It didn't make me laugh. But it also wasn't a straight drama either. I didn't know what it was, but I knew I felt betrayed. I resented this film for almost thirty years.
Watching it again now, I'm almost five years older than Steve Martin's character in this film. I have kids of my own. I've dealt with a lot of the same issues that, to ten year old me, felt so confusing and alien.
I get it now.