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Intriguingly strange and visually distinctive, The Hudsucker Proxy is ultimately almost -- but not quite -- as smart and absorbing as it needs to be.
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A visually arresting but emotionally uninvolving dark comedy.
A jeering, dreamlike comedy with nothing much on its mind except how neat the Coen brothers are and how stupid or contemptible everybody else is, including everyone in the audience.
Nearly everything in the Coen brothers' latest and biggest film seems like a wizardly but artificial synthesis, leaving a hole in the middle where some emotion and humanity should be.
A minor work, but confirmation of the Coens' position among America's most ambitious, able and exciting film-makers.
Movies are, after all, about fakery; so is the story of Norville's rise and fall and redemption.
If something brilliant is happening in The Hudsucker Proxy -- and you're meant to believe that it is -- it's apparent only to Ethan and Joel Coen.
It is possible to create something emotionally true out of second-hand ingredients, in fact that's what Hollywood does, but it isn't the Coen Brothers' strong point.
Few of the Coen Brothers' films spike the vein of pure pleasure as easily. It's an irresistibly loquacious, unpredictably riotous comedy that dares you to keep up with its daffiness and doesn't give a damn whether you get left behind.
A pastiche of a movie that lacks distinct identity and authenticity, made up of borrowed parts from scrwball comedies Frank Capra, Howard Hawks, and Preston Sturges.
An impressive technical achievement--the period New York sets are to die for -- and its version of the invention of the hula-hoop is a comic highlight.
Bizarre, yet typical Coen comedy. Very dark and cartoonish.
Criminally overlooked and sinfully wonderful Coen brothers comedy. Jennifer Jason Leigh is just flawless here.
Saw it this time on DVD. Very mannered and art-deco stylish and Tim Robbins is perfect as the rube from Muncie, which I just love saying....Muncie, Muncie, Muncie. As anyone who has every worked in a corporation knows, this movie is spot-on send-up of that weird subculture culminating in the required moment of silence for the deceased president which will then be docked from the employees pay. Perfect. Jennifer Jason Leigh is superb as the double-dealing dame and Paul Newman was suprisingly sinister as what's his name. While I actually didn't remember any of it from the first time I saw it -- which is usually a sign of ordinary plot and stereotypical characters in my case-- the rest of the movie's themes and loook more than made up for it.
Really my least favorite of all the Coen's films. Weak performances from the leads.
Its a kid's coen brothers movie. Entertaining from beginning to the end with Tim Robbins playing a great role along with Paul Newman. Its not daring or bold, but its stylish and fun.
Norville: It's fun, it's healthy, it's good exercise. The kids will just love it. and we put a little sand inside to make the experience more pleasant.
"At Hudsucker's industry there's a fast way to the top... and an even faster way down!"
The Hudsucker Proxy is one of the best screwball comedies you could ever wish to see. It's a movie that is so stupid, it's brilliant. The creative minds of Joel and Ethan Coen bring some of there dark themes to an overall light and hilarious film. The movie isn't Fargo or Barton Fink, but it isn't supposed to be. It's closest to Raising Arizona, when you look at there filmography, but it is even better. I am not ashamed to say that The Hudsucker Proxy is one of my favorite Coen films.
Norville arrives in New York and takes a job as a basement mailman at Hudsucker Industries. As he is going in, the president of the company is jumping out. The company high ups now decide to make an imbecile the new president so that stock prices will plummet allowing them to buy them all at an extremely low price. So they hire Norville. Norville brings an overstated stupidity to the movie, along with an amazing idea for the company; mainly in a circle on a piece of paper. "You know... for the kids."
What I love most about The Hudsucker Proxy is what I love most about every Coen brothers film and that would be all the bizarre, random stuff that happens. This random stuff always seems like it isn't really progressing the story, but it always is. This film is as clear an indicator of the Coen style as any film they have ever made. It has all the bizarre characters like the elevator man Buzz and the fast talking journalist. It has dark themes like suicide covered up by all it's dumb humor. It has an all knowing narrator who works the Hudsucker clock. It is all brilliant and under-appreciated.
The Hudsucker Proxy is easily the Coen's most underrated film they have made. Most of their movies are adored by critics and the public alike, but somehow this one was not as well received. It's completely impossible for me to understand how someone can adore the Coen's and not love this movie. This movie is pure Joel and Ethan all the way.
Moses the Clock Man: And that's the story of how Norville Barnes climbed waaay up to the forty-fourth floor of the Hudsucker Buildling, and then fell all the way down but didn't quite squish hisself. You know, they say there was a man who jumped from the forty-FIFTH floor? But that's another story...
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