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Jun. 25th, 2004

I thought about it for a while... I could see a midnight showing of Fahrenheit 9/11 and be the first on my block to see what all the fuss was about, or I could peek at The Stepford Wives and get to bed a couple hours earlier. I shoulda gone with the former, but wasn't sure that my brain was up for that much intensity that late at night (forget about that time that I saw Kafka at the Bagdad... intense, especially after a couple pints of Terminator.)

It took me a few minutes before it occurred to me that I was watching a comedy. It was trying... but just... not... quite there. I'd have liked it better if they'd expounded on the topic of "people as product" a little more, which they could easily have done given the opening scenes. I do think the opening credits montage of vintage 50s promos with elaborately coiffed housewives fawning over their atomic-powered, chrome-encrusted appliances was worth the scratch, though. And Demme is doing a post-millennial version of Manchurian Candidate! Could be interesting.

P.S. Walken was good in his character... but then he's one of those actors, like Nicholson, who's just made a career of basically being himself on-screen. Rough life.

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