24-30 November 2008

November 30 2008 at 4:09 pm (The list)

This week was so nearly a shame list write-off, until a two-hour window opened up at the 11th hour which was sadly filled by a lacklustre film.

 

terms_of_endearment1Terms Of Endearment (1983)

Emma Greenway (Debra Winger) marries embarrassingly named lovable loser Flap Horton (Jeff Daniels) much to the dismay of her mother Aurora (Shirley MacLaine). Emma and Flap live in poverty, have three kids and have lots of problems. Aurora starts a relationship with playboy astronaut next-door neighbour Garrett (Jack Nicholson). It kind of meanders along in a haphazard manner until the depressing ending and if it wasn’t for Jack Nicholson’s wonderfully zesty performance, it would be all but unwatchable. James L. Brooks’ irritating screenplay full of the most unconvincing dialogue ricochets back and forth from knockabout comedy to poignant drama before settling on the latter. For some reason, the film was a big success and was nominated for 11 Academy Awards of which it won five, including, bafflingly, Best Picture.

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Shame list total: 1,230

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