01 July 2010
Rain Man (1988)
Tom Cruise is a wiener.
So basically: this douche-bot of an L.A. car dealer, played by Tom Cruise - who else - gets a call that his estranged father has passed. Him and his girlfriend travel to Cincinnati to attend the funeral and sort out the will. Charlie Babbit (Tom Cruise) is told that all he gets is the car that caused their fall-out and some prize rose bushes, while a trustee receives the 3 million dollar estate and assets. Charlie goes to investigate who this trustee is and discovers that he has an autistic brother, a brother that no one bothered to tell him about. In order to get "his" half the money (he thinks he's entitled to it), he kidnaps his brother from the home he is in. Because Raymond refuses to fly and Charlie needs to get back to his failing business in L.A. they take road trip across the country. At first, Charlie is only using his brother to obtain his part of the inheritance, but along the way he learns to love and accept his brother.
It looks like the 80's threw up this film. Seriously. The 80's are brilliant, tho; filled with terrible hair and outrageous outfits. What could be better? Not Tom Cruise. Not Charlie Babbit. The way he treats Susanna is disgusting. And she goes back to him! What the hell is wrong with her?? And Charlie Babbit? I mean, I get that they wanted to make him as douchey as possible in the beginning and then make him learn to love his brother and forget about the money in the end, but it's not that believable in the time frame. Road trips are a magical thing, but it was only SIX DAYS! and he was a total douche! He can't have changed that much. Dustin Hoffman's portrayal of Raymond Babbit was charming and beautifully acted. Thank god for him or this picture would not be worth watching.
This was probably a breakthrough when it came out, and I get that it's a classic, but I do not think it deserves to be on the list (at least, the prestige the list seems to carry, which I don't believe it should have, either. It's just a list!). It wasn't that great and I had little emotion towards this picture, which I felt I should have had.
Ziggi seal of disapproval!