Once Around (1991)

“Isn’t it funny – on the one lousy day you wanna put a gun in your mouth, everybody wants to come over to celebrate. ” – Joe Bella

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Feb 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A women seeking meaning in her life, meets an older man and finally feels fulfilled despite his quirkiness and the tension with her family.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about when it came out yet never had the opportunity to see what it was all about.

The cast helps make this story so much fun to watch and things work so well largely due to the very unique premise that helps make this stand out.

As a Romantic Comedy, it doesn’t follow all of the “dots” usually associated with the genre and its unpredictability also helps make it stand out.

The entire cast is so enjoyable to watch and Holly Hunter, Gena Rowlands, Laura San Giacomo and Danny Aiello are all superb here.

They are all overshadowed and outdone by Richard Dreyfuss who is so amazing in this film.

I’m actually quite shocked that he never received more accolades for his work in this role because it’s such a fun role and he steals every scene he appears in by his character’s personality which is a ‘no holds bar’ one.

Each of the characters in the story has some very unique quirks yet they somehow still all seem to get along quite well when dealing with the various situations that life throws at them due to their strong commitment to their family.

The characters all have great attitudes that are realistic and down to Earth and that helps make both the story and characters feel even more realistic and plausible.

The story’s atmosphere is done in a very fun way the whole time and the message of trying to always live life to the fullest and enjoying every moment that one can is such a great one that rings true throughout.

Bottom Line – Really fun romantic comedy that works quite well due to its somewhat unique premise. The cast is great, but Dreyfuss really shines in his role here and I’m surprised he didn’t get more recognition for his work here. Love the way that these characters all have very unique quirks yet they still seem to find a way to still get along due to their commitment to their family. The attitudes of all of these characters are quite down to Earth and it’s so easy to believe that they are possibly portraying real people. The atmosphere of the story is quite fun the whole way through and the film has a great message about enjoying every moment of life as much as you can. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The picture was the Opening Night movie at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, USA on 17th January 1991. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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