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September 5, 2017
Probably favorite Coen Brothers film and I can't figure out why critics hated it.
½ January 5, 2017
What a work of crap. A total waste of film. Awful. Yuck.
½ November 27, 2016
Loud and obnoxious. Things that make most Coen brother movies great makes this one hard to watch.
½ November 10, 2016
Saw finally on tv 11-2016. Loved it.
Invention of Hula Hoop, Flex Straw, Frisbee.
October 10, 2016
A funny and original (and under-appreciated) comedy collaboration between Joel & Ethan Coen and Sam Raimi; even if it comes across as lacking and synthetic at times (which is kinda the point), it still remains enjoyable, and wonderfully mirrors the old-fashioned screwball comedy capers of Capra, Sturges, and the like.
September 30, 2016
By far my favorite Coen Brothers movie. One of my favorite movies of all time. So stylish, yet with such depth of soul. The acting is top-notch. The world presented is absorbing from the first frame to the end---so much so that the plot whizzes by brilliantly and breezily without burden. Fun and light with relatable themes of oppressive work environments and personal ego dilemmas with resonance. Gorgeous film to look at thanks in part to Paul Newman ponying up a lot of money to help make it. Has elements of It's a Wonderful Life, Joe Versus the Volcano and so much originality. Underrated personal classic.
July 17, 2016
A quirky, wonderfully Coen-esque romp that revels in how outlandish of a tale it is.
July 14, 2016
Really fun. Jennifer Jason Leigh, the dialogue, and the production design were all great.
½ June 29, 2016
Tim Robbins is a mailroom clerk at Hudsucker Industries when the president of the company jumps out the window to his death. Norville(Robbins) is the chosen successor by way of the maneuvering of a board member, Stanley Mussberger(Paul Newman). Stanley is looking to depress the stock price for an easy takeover and Norville is his means of accomplishing this.

Norville shocks everyone by inventing the hula hoop which becomes a huge seller with kids. Stanley continues to plot against his naive young man and the Coen boys turn to fantasy for the second half of this 1950's style screwball comedy in the tradition of Preston Sturges. It is a worthy entry which I would rank a notch below the masterpiece, "Fargo," my personal favorite.
May 1, 2016
You know, for the kids.
½ April 16, 2016
Tim Robbins is a looking for jobs, but all of them require experience. He eventually finds a job in a mail room working for a large corporation Hudsucker industries. The CEO recently committing suicide, the board of the company come up with a scheme to have him be the new president so he can be a patsy for the stock that is sure to fall. Although dim-witted, he proves them wrong as he presents the Hula-Hoop invention which seemed foolish, but becomes a huge hit. The Hudsucker Proxy is a movie that fails to be a good comedy. Some of the jabs on big companies and business ethics were entertaining, but the fantastical elements and narrative that the comedy is presented in is simply not my style. I grew tired quickly of Jennifer Jason Leigh as the reporter looking to advance her career as she reports on the developing story. I will say the film is somewhat original and Coen brothers films are always worth giving a chance, but this is one of the lower tiered films.
½ April 4, 2016
"You know... For kids!"
March 22, 2016
Intricate script and dialogue timing, this Coen Brothers film seems to be underrated.
Robert B.
Super Reviewer
October 8, 2015
The Hudsucker Proxy is a fun fun film and the less seriously you take it, the more you will enjoy it. The shooting is great to watch and the sets are great to look at. The story and acting are appropriately silly. Might have rated this five stars as it is very well-done but it is also a very light film.
½ August 28, 2015
Fun be it a little long at times.
½ August 12, 2015
Whatever the producers intended for this film, it disappoints on every expectation, both artistic and commercial. It does make for a decent pastiche of Old Hollywood, but it does little other than that, and feels like a film that's trapped in its own heavy-handed sense of nostalgia. The chief problem is that it's very big on style, but is desperately short on substance. The story might have been interesting if the characters were more believable as opposed to being caricatures of old film stereotypes. The narrative is fairly predictable, but otherwise would have been alright were it not for the film's decision to resolve the plot with a magic solution ending. In all fairness, the film had a cast of good actors, but those same actors are condemned to play the roles of bad characters with a flimsy script. The film's focus on style wouldn't be so bad if the film's Old Hollywood style weren't so dull and pretentious. If nothing else, the film is a good example of what happens when a film-maker concentrates on style rather than substance. In terms of actual substance, however, it's quite forgettable.
August 9, 2015
The Hudsucker Proxy is delightful from an artistic standpoint. The scene documenting Hula Hoop craze is wonderful. But a lot of the humor falls flat, and the characters aren't really likable. I applaud the Coen Brothers for trying, but they didn't quite hit the mark with this one.
July 29, 2015
Easily the most underrated Coen Brothers movie.
May 31, 2015
A mystifying fail of a movie from two of the most important filmmakers working and featuring one of history's most charismatic movie stars. This oddly experimental attempt to merge "art" with "screwball comedy" never works. Jennifer Jason Leigh, one of the most important actors of her generation, is given the foolish challenge of imitating Katherine Hepburn. She gives it a valid shot, but ends up coming out of this mess the most wounded. The entire movie is grating, but her performance is just obnoxious. An epic fail by some very talented artists.
March 24, 2015
Love Coen Bros love this tongue in cheek movie
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