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Smart, funny, and disarmingly sweet, Matinee is a film that film buffs will love -- and might even convert some non-believers.



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Set in the early 1960s, this comedy centers on a teen-age boy who befriends a charismatic, humorously overblown movie producer specializing in gimmick-filled horror films. Preparations for the premiere of the producer's latest opus alternate with the escalation of the Cuban Missile Crisis, culminating in unexpected chaos.


John Goodman
as Lawrence Woolsey
Cathy Moriarty
as Ruth Corday
Simon Fenton
as Gene Loomis
Lisa Jakub
as Sandra
Jesse Lee Soffer
as Dennis Loomis
Lucinda Jenney
as Anne Loomis
James Villemaire
as Harvey Starkweather
Robert Picardo
as Howard, the Theatre Manager
Jesse White
as Mr. Spector
Cory Barlog
as Stan's Friend
George Carson
as Stan's Friend
Charles Haas
as Mr.Elroy
Joe Gonzalez
as Stan's Friend
Belinda Balaski
as Stan's Mom
Charlie Haas
as Mr. Elroy
Mark McCracken
as Mant/Bill
Naomi Watts
as `Shopping Cart' Starlet
Chris Stacy
as Gas Station Attendant
Archie Hahn III
as `Shopping Cart' Star
Glenda Chism
as Teacher
Aaron Stormer
as Kid Near Andy
Lana Bucciarelli
as `Eew!' Girl
Luke Halpin
as Man in Crowd
Richard Rossomme
as Shredded Wheat Man
Elizabeth Dimon
as Theater Cashier
Mary Moriarty
as Lady in Line
Shane Obedzinski
as Bleeding Kid
Danny Haneman
as Man Outside Theater
Jeff Breslauer
as Movie Theater Actor
Kurt Smildsin
as Mob Actor
Ike Pappas
as Newscaster
Brett Rice
as Genes Dad
Jesse Zeigler
as Kid in Line
Tracy Roberts
as Screaming Woman
Marc Macaulay
as "Shopping Cart" Crook
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Critic Reviews for Matinee

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Audience Reviews for Matinee

  • Jun 06, 2011
    a funny, innocent, and kindhearted film with a funny way to express itself from a nucular bomb that's about to hit them in a few days. A
    Juan C Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2010
    John Goodman as William Castle? Directed by Joe Dante? FUCK yes!
    Eduardo C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2009
    Cast: John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Kellie Martin, Simon Fenton, Omri Katz, Lisa Jakub, Jesse Lee Soffer, Lucinda Jenney, James Villemaire, Robert Picardo, Jesse White, Dick Miller, John Sayles, David Clennon, Lucy Butler, Naomi Watts, Joey Fatone Director: Joe Dante Summary: Aging movie producer Lawrence Woolsey (John Goodman) screens his latest schlock-licious B-movie -- filled with atomic blasts and human mutation -- and gets the attention of teen horror-flick buff Gene Loomis (Simon Fenton), all while the Cuban Missile Crisis intensifies. My Thoughts: "John Goodman is great as Lawrence Woolsey. I liked how there was a film inside the film. Really takes you back to the good old monster flicks when there was always some giant insect dooming you. The film really gives you an insight on what a big production films use to be in the early 60's. Wish it was still such a big deal, maybe more people would take themselves to the theater instead downloading them or streaming them for free on numerous sites. Kind of makes me wanna be part of that era where a scare was so easy to give. In our day it's hard to be scared by anything in any film made. In the end, it's was a charming movie that I am sure the whole family will enjoy."
  • Jan 14, 2009
    A feel-good, have-fun, don't-take-it-too-seriously, William-Castle kind of movie.
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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