Grand Canyon (1991)


grand canyon“That’s part of your problem: you haven’t seen enough movies. All of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.” – Davis (BTW…this is my FAVORITE movie quote of all time)

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (11 Jan 1992, video, 9 Jul 2000, DVD and 11 May 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A look at the lives of 6 individuals living in modern day LA and how each of them deal with the difficulties and obstacles life throws at them.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I saw for the very first time on my 18th birthday and has had such a profound effect on me in the 23 years since that great “birthday film”

Most people haven’t seen or even heard of this movie, but I believe it to be one of the best movies of the 90’s and perhaps one of the best dramas about people ever made.  Regardless of what you might think, this is very high on my all-time favorite movies list.

The premise of this movie is not a unique one, but the way that writer/director created his characters and their situations just really connected with me.

Kasden is not new to creating great character driven ensemble movies and like in Silverado (1985) and The Big Chill (1983), this one is expertly led by Kevin Kline as the main character.

All of the main characters are enjoyable to watch onscreen because of their friendly demeanor and I can imagine myself being friends with any of them.

Besides Kline, the main cast has Steve Martin, Mary McDonnell, Danny Glover, Alfre Woodard, Mary-Louis Parker and a very young Jeremy Sisto.

Besides being such a great and influential movie for me, this movie also contains my all-time favorite movie quote (see above).

To get an idea as to how much I love this quote, after seeing this movie the first time in ’92, I immediately wrote down the quote by memory (there weren’t home computers or the Internet back then or IMDB) and used it as my high school yearbook quote (still fitting, even 23 years later, right?). 🙂

This movie has a great script that is filled with engaging scenes, characters and dialogue that can keep you entertained the entire time.

Bottom Line – Amazing movie about life, the curveballs that it throws at us and how we each deal with those obstacles. Kasden is great at creating enjoyable and friendly characters that we can even see ourselves becoming acquaintances with. Excellent cast led by Kline, Martin and Glover. Includes my all time favorite movie quote (see above) and a great script with engaging characters and dialogue. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene where Mack is nearly killed by a bus, was taken from writer/director Lawrence Kasdan’s own life. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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