Scent of a Woman (1992) – Encore Review

“You’ve been the sugar business for so long, you’ve forgotten the taste of real honey!” – Lt. Col. Frank Slade

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater in ’93, cable. video, DVD, 29 Jun 2014 and 17 Apr 2022)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A student in a prep-school takes on a job watching a handicapped military veteran for the weekend while also needing to make an important decision for his own future.

My Take on it – Such a fun movie that is quite good despite not aging as well as one might hope for.

Al Pacino was definitely deserving of his Oscar for Best Actor for his work here and really is able to bring this character to life.

Chris O’Donnell is also great as the young naive prep school student trying to maneuver himself through life in the real world.

Unfortunately tho, the two of them don;t have the kind of chemistry one might expect from a film like this and that hurts things a bit.

The way that the film has complex characters and multiple storylines adds to the fascination of it all and they do a wonderful juggling act keeping all the balls in the air at once while showing that life is never as simple as one might assume.

The movie is able to bring up some very fascinating philosophical dilemmas that these characters face on a daily basis and that adds to the poignancy of everything as it progresses.

The musical score by Thomas Newman is superb and adds a whole new level to the story as things progress.

The supporting cast is also great with Philip Seymour Hoffman, James Rebhorn, Gabriella Anwar, June Squibb and Bradley Whitford adding so much to the way that the story unfolds.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Philip Seymour Hoffman auditioned for his role five times before he was cast. He was working various odd jobs in between sporadic film and TV roles, stocking shelves at a Manhattan deli before being cast. Hoffman cited this as the film that changed everything for his career. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)


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