Matinee

1993, Comedy, 1h 39m

37 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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Movie Info

In October 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis occurs and the menace of nuclear war looms over the American South. Low-budget filmmaker Lawrence Woolsey (John Goodman) is in Key West, Fla., debuting his new film "Mant!" and thinks the prevailing mood of fear surrounding the premiere is perfect to stir up some excitement. A group of local teenagers (Simon Fenton, Lisa Jakub, Kellie Martin) prepare for the film's opening night, experiencing small crises of their own.

Cast & Crew

John Goodman
Lawrence Woolsey
Cathy Moriarty
Ruth Corday, Carole
Simon Fenton
Gene Loomis
Jesse Lee Soffer
Dennis Loomis
James Villemaire
Harvey Starkweather
Jesse White
Mr. Spector
Dick Miller
Herb Denning
William Schallert
Dr. Grabow, DDS (uncredited)
Robert Cornthwaite
Dr. Flankon (uncredited)
Kevin McCarthy
General Ankrum (uncredited)
Joe Dante
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Charles S. Haas
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Audience Reviews for Matinee

  • Jun 24, 2021
    Joe Dante crafts a very feel-good homage to the United States that was before the onslaught and ravages of Beatlemania. John Goodman is a type of William Castle, entrepreneur extraordinaire, hawking his brand of hucksterism on an unsuspecting and gullible public, living on a prayer with Cathy Moriarty as his sidekick - on the clock and the clock is ticking - as they stop in Key West to push his latest opus creature feature. As fear of the possibility of atomic holocaust is only a stone's throw away, Castro and the Cuban Missile Crisis, can anything slow the raging capitalism of Goodman's latter day P.T. Barnum? It's all in good fun, a nostalgic tribute to a brief moment of innocence here in the US, a fond remembrance by Dante.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2021
    A complex and hilarious nostalgia piece. I love the "Mant" sequences which are perfectly goofy.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • 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

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