Six Ways to Sunday (1999)
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An awkward, introverted and gentile 18-year-old boy living at home with a smotheringly overaffectionate mother becomes an unlikely trainee for the Jewish mob after he displays a surprisingly violent side to his personality. An off-beat black comedy.
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The reason I didn't give the movie a solid five stars is because I've read the novel, and one area where it differs is Arnie. Adrien Brody's wannabe thug portrayal of a guy who's supposed to be Harry's in with the mob is almost cartoon-ish and it reflects somewhat badly on the mobsters in this movie. Also, the effects when Harry goes into his rages aren't the best. Perhaps if they could have conveyed more where Harry was coming from beforehand, all that would be needed is maybe a dropout of sound, a distant look in his eye, then he'd let loose and it would be way more impactful and less of a mess. With all that said, however, they do well to incorporate a lot of the source material even though they shrink the timeline. Almost all the key moments from the novel are given their due, and Norman Reedus as Harry and Debbie Harry as his mother are PERFECT. Norman plays all the aspects of Harry - the innocent, the violent, the sexually confused, etc.. - with true and serious commitment. He doesn't cringe away from some of the film's themes, and neither does Debbie Harry, even more-so. She plays the detached, pouting, smothering mother just as she is. She's a flawed, broken, morally gone woman who's harboring a romantic love for her son now that he's grown, and she doesn't try and play her as someone to be understood, which allows the character to just be fascinating. When you see her and her son both go mad, it's deeply troubling, but it manages to keep perspective, and more importantly, Charles Perry's novel's perspective. If you haven't seen the movie, it's a fascinating one if you're not squeamish to the subject matter. I highly recommend it, and if you enjoy the movie, reading the novel is a MUST. It's brilliant.
wiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrdddddddddddd movie, but good.
it took me a few time of watching it to make me really like it..
yay norman reedus.
I liked this movie. It is not your typical movie. The realationship between Harry and his mom was disturbing.
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