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5 Ratings: 2.6
A movie directed by Robert Benton

As in his 1977 film THE LATE SHOW, Robert Benton focuses on a private detective who's playing the back nine. With the passing of a quarter century, however, the director's tone had grown more somber. Paul Newman stars as the detective, Harry Ross, living … see full wiki

Tags: Movies, Dramas
Director: Robert Benton
Release Date: 1998
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Twilight

Twilight~Wake me when it's over

  • Aug 20, 2000
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When you start a picture with the nude body of Susan Sarandon swimming in a pool, while Paul Newman stands by watching, you think - Hmmm, this could be a good one! What you get, instead, is bored.

I don't know how writer/director Benton managed not only to talk an outstanding cast into this movie but also Paramont into releasing this sleeper, but ya gotta give the guy a pat on the back.

The story centers around the lives of ex-movie stars (Susan Sarandon & Gene Hackman), their precocious daughter (Reese Witherspoon), their pal (Paul Newman), his ex-lover (Stockard Channing), the ex-studio security chief (James Garner) and Sarandon's missing first husband (never seen, never known, never missed - probably the best played part in the movie).

The Plot (?)
Sarandon & Hackman owe Newman in a big way. He is a former policeman, a former private eye and a former drunk. Before his life really hit the skids, he was involved in a lusty relationship with Stockard Channing, who is now a high profile detective.

As a favor to his buddies, Newman makes a little trip to Mexico to bring the 17 year old daughter back home from her fling in the sheets with bad boy, Liev Schreiber. This encounter is one of the few good ones in the movie as Witherspoon gets her hands on Newman's gun and aims for the holy land. Fortunately, Newman moves and get the bullet in the leg instead.

So, as we plod along at an even slower pace, the happy parents move Newman on the compound and house him in a little shack over the garage (their swimming pool is larger than my entire house). The rest becomes fairly predictable and mundane: Newman sleeps with Sarandon, Newman and Hackman are best buds so Hackman tells him he is dying of cancer, Witherspoon becomes even more weary of the trials of her defunct family, Garner becomes even more evil and is living way beyond his means, Newman gets involved in a murder and hooks up with Channing again ~ blah, blah, blah. Oh, Lord, with this cast couldn't you have the decency to develop a friggin movie?

Well, except for the cute little shooting scene with Witherspoon and the enticing glimpse of Sarandon in the nude (of course, this is inferred but never confirmed), the rest of the movie was basically overdone elaborate movie star compound homes, the life of the rich and famous and miserable. Where are the drugs? Where is the sex? Where is the friggin story line? This movie is so ssslllooowww it forgot to bring the plot along. Twilight? No twilight here, baby, it is pure REM sleep!

The Actors (?)
Paul Newman - (I hate to say this) plodding, boring, blah, looked old, acted old, looked tired and acted tired.

Gene Hackman - slow, uneventful, too serene

Reese Witherspoon - poutish, bored, some great nude shots (OK, so I'm a sleeze).

Stockard Channing - predictable, a little frisky, doesn't make a believable detective.

John Spencer - always a great actor, solid and dependable.

James Garner - evil, rakish, smarmy bad boy. Good nasty role for him.

Susan Sarandon - hot, sizzling, sensual - the back bone of the whole movie.


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