Tuesday 11 January 2005

City Slickers (1991) - ickleReview (DVD)

Slightly disappointing goofball mush comedy starring Billy Crystal as a 39-year-old mid-life crisee who goes on a cattle trail adventure holiday with his buddies, played by Bruno Kirby (When Harry Met Sally...) and Daniel Stern (Home Alone). Also featuring Supergirl, Helen Slater.

Crystal's plays Mitch Robbins, depressed at his looming mortality, unispiring job selling "air" (air time) for radio commercials, and his stagnant marriage. Cue multiple Red Man Club and coming-of-age moments. There are a few saving graces, such as lines like, "Women need a reason for having sex, men just need a place." But overall, Director Ron Underwood allows far too much schmaltz to stick the rather episodic plot together. Don't expect fireworks; just mild entertainment and a few giggles.

Nugget: look out for a very young Jake Gyllenhaal (he being Donnie Darko) playing Billy Crystal's son.

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