Jay’s Birthday Bash Film #4 – The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)


In honor of my friend Jay from Life vs Film and the Head Shepherd at the LAMB‘s Birthday today, I allowed him to choose 4 films for me to review.

Check out my thoughts on the final of the 4 films below!

Happy 31st Jay!  and many more…..

“Yeah, and if a frog had wings, it wouldn’t bump it’s ass a-hoppin’.” – Chief Editor Manhattan Argus

Number of Times Seen – Twice (Cable in the 90’s and 6 Aug 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After the head of a major company commits suicide, a business graduate is hired to replace him so that the board can get full payment in a stock scam.

My Take on it – This is another fun Coen Brothers movie that has a very interesting (yet simple) premise that works quite well almost the entire time.

The cast is great with Tim Robbins in the lead and Paul Newman returns to form in the role of the antagonist.

The choice to make this story set in the late 50’s works really well especially since it constantly reminds us about the kind of films that Frank Capra use to make.

The film’s production is amazing to look at and is another reminder as to how great a team the Coen Brothers can be when putting together their films.

The narrative of the story is very simple yet quite enjoyable and works even when it touches upon some quirky themes and elements along the way.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that works most of the time Robbins is great in the lead with Newman returning to top form with this performance.  The choice to place this film in the period of the late 50’s works really well and constantly feels like a reminder about the way Frank Capra’s films were back then. The production once again is superb and this is another example how great a team the Coen Brothers are especially when they manage to put these kind of films together. The narrative works quite well even if it feels a bit quirky now and again.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The secretary of the Hudsucker brainstormers (uncredited Mary Beth Peil) is reading throughout the Hula Hoop manufacturing sequence the novels “War & Peace” and “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy. The idea is to show that the brainstormers are really taking their time to determine the name of the product since the novels have, respectively, 1225 and 864 pages and are commonly known for being books you would spend a lot of time reading. In her case, if you’d consider 4 minutes per page, 8 hours a day, both books would’ve taken 18 days to read. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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2 thoughts on “Jay’s Birthday Bash Film #4 – The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

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