MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2022 (#11 of 49) – Roxanne (1987) – Encore Review 2

January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #11 of the 49.

Let’s continue with… 

“I would rather be with the people of this town than with the finest people in the world.” – Mayor Deebs

Initial Viewing Memories – saw this on cable not long after it came out and it finally helped me learn to appreciate the story of Cyrano. This is among Martin’s best roles and the fact that he also wrote the adaptation says so much about the way that it blends, romance, drama and comedy together.

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Cable in the 80’s and 90’s, video, DVD, 6 Nov 2013 and 21 Jun 2016 and 6 Jan 2022)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – A fire chief in a small town with a VERY large nose, tries to overcome his own issues when he falls in love with a beautiful vacationer.

My Take on it – This is among my all time favorite romantic comedies.

Steve Martin was able to write such a wonderful modern day adaptation of the story of Cyrano de Bergerac about a man who thinks that no one will ever love him due to a physical imperfection.

The way that this story plays out is done so well and it is heartwarming no matter how often one watches it.

The character of C.B. is developed really well and allows for the audience to really like him and everything that he does along the way.

The story is a nice blend of romance and drama peppered with some very funny moments especially dealing with all of the clowns who are part of the local fire squad.

Rick Russovich is perfectly cast as the man C.B. befriends and helps win the love of his own life via his words, but Russovich’s looks.

The scene in the bar has become so iconic and is funny listening each time eventhough they give us 25 insults instead of the stated 20 in the film.

This scene may be the most memorable in the film, but this movie has so much more to offer the viewer.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In a radio interview, Steve Martin said about his role in Roxanne that it was the first time he felt respected in a film role as opposed to being recognized for his celebrity as a stand-up comedian. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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