Broadcast News (1987)


key_art_broadcast_news“I think we have the kind of friendship where if I were the devil, you’d be the only one I would tell.” – Aaron Altman

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (Numerous times on cable and 21 Nov 2013)

Brief Synopsis – Two newsmen vie for the affections of their female producer.

My Take on it – When this movie was on cable back in the late 80’s I saw it many times and enjoyed it very much.

Watching it now, I can’t say that I enjoyed it as much.  I don’t know if that’s due to the fact that there have been many news related movies and TV shows since then that have “upped the ante” and made this movie seem mediocre at best or due to the fact that the love triangle just doesn’t seem as real to me now as it did when I was a teenager.

This movie explores the big question as to what’s more important in both the media and in love; good looks or intelligence.  The networks claim is that if the looks are there, the intelligence can come from someone else off camera.   The director, James L. Brooks, takes an interesting view to this dilemma by injected many humorous situations into the narrative that both show the characters as being human but also each have their own sort of intelligence whether it be street smarts or actual knowledge of events around them.

William Hurt and Holly Hunter are both very good here, but the best character here is by far Albert Brooks as an intelligent newsman who doesn’t have the looks needed to be an anchor and the scene where he attempts it is truly hilarious.

As I stated earlier, this movie wasn’t as good as I remembered it to be, but is still done quite well.

Bottom Line – Interesting love triangle movie.  Not as good as I recall, but still done extremely well. Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy

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