NEW YORK – "Runaway Jury" is worth trying to catch and "Dickie Roberts" still has a few good gags in his back of tricks in today's Foxlight.
Everybody always asks me to recommend good movies that got away. One of my favorite from last year is "Runaway Jury." Not a great film by any stretch of the imagination. Just a lot of fun.
Ty Burr of The Boston Globe got it right when he called the Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman courtroom drama, "The closest cinematic approximation to a beach novel that money and skill can buy."
The most amazing part of the whole film is that John Cusack actually wants jury duty. Rachel Weisz is pulling for him -- or is she? The jury is out for the whole film and it has a few nice twists at the end.
Less successful but still capable of coughing out a couple of good nostalgic gags is "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star." David Spade gets lots of real child stars to appear in cameos -- and even though wasted opportunities pile up faster than evidence at Scott Peterson's house, this is still an OK rental.
Spade is always worth the price of admission and his smarmy factor is in overdrive. Critics weren't crazy about it, but online chat rooms loved it and many say: "Wait for the music video at the end."