Joe Versus the Volcano 1990

Joe Versus the Volcano

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Joe Versus the Volcano erupts with plenty of screwball energy and thoughtful observations about living to the fullest, but its existential ambition may prove too goofy for some audiences.

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Joe Banks (Tom Hanks) is dying, apparently. This is good news, since his life was not much worth living anyway. On the upside, a strange millionaire (Lloyd Bridges) offers Joe a way to die with meaning and dignity: by hurling himself into a volcano. With plenty of spending cash and an ensemble of new luggage, Joe embarks on an absurdist journey to his demise, guided by two very disparate sisters, and trying to puzzle out the meaning of existence.

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  • Mar 17, 2015
    Perhaps one of the most misunderstood films ever made, but either you appreciate it's very earnest weirdness or you don't. Personally, I fail to understand how vitriol could be extended to something so unique and lovably goofy as this.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2011
    Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks prove once again that they have incredible movie chemistry. Meg Ryan plays 3 astonishingly different women, Dee dee, the shy women, who works with Joe Banks (Hanks), Angelica, the messed up woman living off of daddy's money and the independent and confidant, Patricia. Tom Hanks plays Joe, a man you fears everything in life. This is one of those movies that you'll want to watch again and again for many years to come (:
    Cassie H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2011
    Tom Hanks stands out yet again. However, a lot of the time they spent on stretching out most of the scenes could have really gone to more development. Also, character chemistry and emotion is vacant, the writting is corny, flat-out terrible towards the end and delivered as badly as it sounds, all of Meg Ryan's clearly intended to be badly acted performances go too far and the soundtrack, while good, drowns out the whole movie. So, I guess I can sum up the majority of the vast amount of flaws by saying that John Patrick Shanley's directing in this movie is atrocious. Really, "Joe Versus The Volcano" has some of the makings of being the cult classic it has become, but for me, it is a thumbs down.
    Cameron J Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2010
    Silly little diversion for a Sunday...when the only other choice of activity is breathing. Too silly.
    John B Super Reviewer

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