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I liked it despite the near consensus panning of same. From its novel title, replete with country music and space-highway lane corridors, to its little nods to science like mustard floating in zero Gs into the hot dog...this is fun to watch. There's a secret coded toilet stall with a yammering old woman with a Queens accent that's a hoot!
And I like Hopper's acting. What do you want---Olivier? Beside, quite a few A-listers in this one including Chas. Dance & Stephen Dorff. After all, it's not supposed to be an homage to "Blade Runner" or "2001: A Spavce Odyssey". It's more like a "Tank Girl" w/ Lori Petty or a "Cherry 2000" w/ Melanie Griffith.
Lizzy Caplan raises my body temperature...my gut tells me shes better than Asia Argento (for whom she could be mistaken except for the slightly asymmetrical face and endearing nose skew that Asia has). The film itself is so over-the-top with psuedo-tough, faux-feminist whip*ss that its fun to watch--- unless the ghost of Betty Freidan is on the sofa, braless and eating Doritos... then youve got other problems.
Just for the record, this film is #1 on my recent List of The Twenty-four Greatest Baseball Movies of All Time. I saw it first with a girlfriend in 1984 at the Strand in Madison,NJ. As we left the theater, it was obvious that it had affected me profoundly...I even got teary toward the end. She noted it saying..."What's the big deal? It was only a baseball movie... Redford wasn't even that good." We broke up shortly thereafter and I will never forget her inadvertent contribution by these revealing comments. Everything about this iconic film is as close to perfect as perfect comes. The story, from the imaginative pen of Bernard Malamud, is good enough for a bedtime story, the casting is pitch perfect with everyone from Redford to Barbara Hershey in tune, and, of course, it's about baseball and transcendence---but it isn't preachy or stuffed with pretentious allegory, although it has allegory to spare...it's baseball afterall.