Picking Up the Pieces Reviews
September 28, 2009
An odd but quirky little comedy with and odd and quirky cast. I bought it for 1 pound but I would have easily bought it for 3!
November 4, 2009
The biggest mystery about "PIcking Up the Pieces" is why such a bewildering array of well-known actors signed up for this silly, sacrilegious farce. The cast is like the head table at a celebrity roast: Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Kiefer Sutherland, David Schwimmer, Fran Drescher, Elliott Gould, Eddie Griffin, Cheech Marin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Andy Dick and Lou Diamond Phillips are all hamming it up and vying for screen time, but their talents are mostly wasted on broad characterizations and cheap jokes. Sutherland and his ever-nimble toothpick have a ball and come off quite well, but other thankless roles just suggest the acting community really, really loved "Like Water for Chocolate" (also directed by Alfonso Arau).
The main allure of "Picking Up the Pieces" is seeing Woody Allen in a rare appearance as a hired actor, though he's playing a nebbish part which he might as well have written himself. Allen portrays a Texas butcher who kills and dismembers his floozy wife (Stone), then trucks across the border to secretly bury her in the titular "pieces." He loses her hand in transport, but a blind woman (literally) stumbles on it and magically regains her sight. This leads to her tiny village enshrining the hand (extended middle finger and all), while an ethically shaky priest (Schwimmer) struggles with his conscience. More and more healing miracles occur, and the town becomes a cash-cow tourist trap. Meanwhile, Allen hears about the lost hand's notoriety and plots to steal back the evidence. The resulting complications are predictable (the sight gags involving enlarged breasts and penises are especially crass), but the film is plenty of fun anyway. Book it along with Alex Cox's "Straight to Hell" for a midnight double feature.
October 23, 2008
Dang, I used to like this movie, when I saw it again, I was a bit disappointed at how limited it was. I remember it being a bit deeper and meaningful lol. At least theres a happy ending.
January 2, 2007
the story about the prostitute and the priest was the best part of the movie. woody allen is just boring and kiefer sutherland and cheech marin dont do anything. none of the people make any sense! its soooo not deep! the prostitute and priest are the only thing that make this movie worth watching!
April 11, 2006
oddly hilarious. found myself enjoying this more then expected. I guess I am a sucker for the "magical realism" though too..haha
May 18, 2014
Fell asleep in the first half of the movie.. and woke up with the ending credit.
April 10, 2011
This film is a work of genius! Complex and cheeky, this is what "a priest and a rabbi go into a bar" joke should be. I've read some users consider it too weird, but that's just how magical realism is. Magical realism is very common in Latin America, and it combines reality with "fantasy." Honestly, I'm almost scared to call "Picking Up The Pieces" a fantasy, since many Latinos think miracles are real, and the situations seen in the movie are exaggerations of what we see in Latino news all the time. There's always a town trying to canonize someone, or claiming they saw the Virgin at the bottom of a well. The addition of the Jewish sense of humor with Woody Allen and David Schwimmer made it into an absolute classic in my opinion. This film combines all the things I love, and reminds me of how good comedies used to be before the "Frat Pack" took over.
May 21, 2010
one of my fave at least once a year flicks...add in never skipping it when crossing it on a movie channel surf...some mainstream fans of hollyweird flicks may not get it or may not want to...for them i say go find a sequel or reboot flick lol
have fun flicking
June 4, 2007
Quite an unusual combination of cast members, from Woody Allen to Cheech Marin to Keifer Sutherland. The dark humor doesn't always work, but it is an interesting curio of a movie.