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#1 of 55 OFFLINE   Scott Weinberg

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Posted May 04 2002 - 03:00 PM

I was skipping through channels tonight and watched a lot of this one for the second time.

I realize it's a really popular movie and I'm not fishing for arguments, but...

This movie is really stupid.

Will Smith's schtick earns a few laughs, Jones is good in several spots, and there are a few entertaining spots (I do like the "neuralizer" bits) but to me this one seems like a patchwork conglomeration of flashy CGI effects and a whole lot of Nickelodeon-style slime and gross-out gags. I felt nauseous every time D'Onofrio was onscreen. Not of least importance, the screenplay sounds like it was re-written every single day.

Maybe if I had seen this one when I was 14 it would have become a guilty pleasure, but I simply can't like this one no matter how hard I try. Yeah, it's a flashy popcorn flick, but even judging by that standard...it's a sloppy movie.

I'd be interested in any opinions on this one. If others feel the same way, I won't feel like such a freak, and maybe those who like Men in Black could turn me on to something I'm missing.

#2 of 55 OFFLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted May 04 2002 - 03:22 PM

It's not just a popcorn flick, it's a comedy. It's not supposed to be taken seriously at all. Even the action pieces are used for comedic effect. I personally find it quite charmingPosted Image

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Posted May 04 2002 - 03:51 PM

I really like MiB. I think Smith and Jones had great chemistry together, and all the comedic moments work for me. D'onofrio is also hilarious in his role. I don't think the sequel looks too promising though.

#4 of 55 OFFLINE   Greg_S_H


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Posted May 04 2002 - 04:11 PM

I didn't see it all the way through, but I hated what I did see. No interest in seeing the rest/the sequel.

#5 of 55 OFFLINE   Alex Spindler

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Posted May 04 2002 - 04:18 PM

Yes, taken in the context that the movie is a comedy first and anything else second, I think it works beautifully.

Will Smith doesn't let go of one bad one liner, the introduction into the MIB world was excellent, the set design was spot on retro futuristic and carried through the entire movie very well.

As for what was 'smart' in it? I think they nailed the concept of a 'fast and loose' 50's style agency at work today. Their play on the 'aliens among us' was more creative than it had to be.

But I don't think it was ever trying for smart, mostly clever.

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Posted May 04 2002 - 04:59 PM

Here's another one I can't agree with you on. I loved Men In Black! I think it's clever, witty, funny and just plain silly (in a good way). There are so many great lines and moments in it that the few times it sags I can more than forgive. It had me from the opening titles, with the bug flying around then getting smushed on the windshield. It's got great music, a killer cast who all look like they're having the time of their lives, and for me, it's fun from beginning to end. I'm completely baffled whenever I see this movie getting dissed. I think 'What's not to love?' but, oh well.

I'm looking forwrd to the sequel, but I'm really disappointed that Linda Fiorentino won't be in it.

Anyway, it gets a thousand extra points just for this line:

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#7 of 55 OFFLINE   Dome Vongvises

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Posted May 04 2002 - 05:09 PM

I kind of like it. I'm really surprised you didn't, Scott.

#8 of 55 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted May 04 2002 - 05:13 PM

MiB is a very weird film, but it works. Tommy Lee Jones is flawless in this movie and Will Smith is equally great. The movie doesn't really take itself seriously, which is a good thing...the only problem I have with it is that that
the little alien dies from a wound to the robot he's in....obviously, he wasn't electrocuted, so what gives?

Other than that, it's a fun and well made movie.

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#9 of 55 OFFLINE   Alex Spindler

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Posted May 04 2002 - 06:24 PM

I thought it was pretty clear that Edgar pierces them through the neck all the way through. That way he skewers the little driver.

Or are you speaking of a different scene?

#10 of 55 OFFLINE   PhilipG



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Posted May 04 2002 - 07:11 PM

I really tried to like this movie and failed utterly. Posted Image I didn't find it particularly funny or entertaining, despite the presence of Smith, Jones, and the gorgeous Linda Fiorentino.

The scene I liked the best (Will Smith on the alien shooting range) was apparently the scene that Barry Sonnenfeld disliked the most (and shot by second unit). Strange, because he did so well with The Addams Family...

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#11 of 55 OFFLINE   Terrell



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Posted May 04 2002 - 07:26 PM

I liked it, but I didn't think it was nearly as great as many folks I know did.

#12 of 55 OFFLINE   MichaelPe



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Posted May 04 2002 - 08:00 PM

I'd have to say that I agree with Scott, like usual. Posted Image

The trailer for the sequel did not arouse any excitement in me whatsoever, although I did laugh at a couple of Smith's lines.

#13 of 55 OFFLINE   Neil Joseph

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Posted May 05 2002 - 12:26 AM

If you take this movie seriously, you will not like it. This is one of the most original movies I have seen and also one of my favourite. I loved the fact the the supermarket tabloids are the source of real information.
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#14 of 55 OFFLINE   Dave Gorman

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Posted May 05 2002 - 12:29 AM

It probably helped me that I saw it with very low expectations. I never even wanted to see it, but my BF really wanted to watch the DVD, so I relented. I didn't hate it as much as I expected, but on the other had, one viewing was certainly enough! 4 out of 10
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#15 of 55 OFFLINE   Andy Sheets

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Posted May 05 2002 - 01:38 AM

I quite enjoyed it but I didn't love it. It's a cut above most other goofy summer movies but I don't think it really demands repeat viewings, which is why I haven't bothered getting the dvd even though, like I said, it's an enjoyable movie. The trailer for the sequel looked surprisingly good, though, so I think I will be seeing it in theaters Posted Image

#16 of 55 OFFLINE   Gavin K

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Posted May 05 2002 - 03:09 AM

I loved this movie, and have watched the DVD several times.

Will Smith's style of humor was perfectly balanced by the rest of the movies deadpan. Tommy Lee Jones and Rip Torn were perfect.

The production design was amazing, and the film was wonderfully clever and witty.

A few of my favorite scenes: The tunnel and the Elvis song, the test with the screeching chair, the pug.

This is one of those rare movies where everything clicked for me. Definitely a fun movie.
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Posted May 05 2002 - 04:01 AM

Initally, I was kinda disappointed in it, since I didn't think it went far enough in the concept. What was there was fine, it just didn't seem like enough for some reason.

It has grown on me somewhat as a piece of light entertainment. I'm a little disappointed that they are bringing back Tommy Lee Jones for the sequal. I would have liked to have seen more of Linda Fiorintio's character (who doesn't seem anywhere in the trailer.) I'm sure it will be fun, but there are films I'm more looking forward to this summer.


#18 of 55 OFFLINE   Evan S

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Posted May 05 2002 - 04:54 AM

Scott, I was thourougly un-entertained as well, so take heart...you are not a freak. And your team resides 8 spots below me on the HTF Baseball Fight Club.
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#19 of 55 OFFLINE   Lou Sytsma

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Posted May 05 2002 - 05:36 AM

I'm with you Scott. I was entirely underwhelmed. It wasn't particularly funny and took out a great concept and churned out a pretty turgid comedy.

A sequel holds no interest to me if it is played out the same way.
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Posted May 05 2002 - 05:40 AM

It was OK. It had its moments. I thought there was too much reliance on "slime" jokes.
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