The Myth of Fingerprints (1997) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|Four grown siblings return to their home
for Thanksgiving, some with their partners. Their family
was and continues to be dysfunctional, and this has
prevented any of them from having very rewarding
relationships or families of their own.
Good cast featuring Julianne
Moore and Blythe Danner.
enough, they never showed any incident really significant
enough to create all the dysfunction and enmity they feel
for each other. The implication was that there were much
deeper issues bothering these people, but we could never
reach any understanding of exactly what those issues are.
the film comes to an explanation is this. The main
character has gone without a relationship (and, it is
hinted, without an erection) for several years because of
an incident when his dad had too much to drink and made a
pass at his sweetheart.
Huh? That's what screwed him up for life?
C'mon, now. OK, that was an unpleasant thing, but it was
over in 20 seconds, not something to base one's life on.
Maybe he's overreacting just a tad. Here's my suggestion
to improve the human race. Every dad should get drunk and
make a pass at his son's girlfriends. Any sons not strong
enough to laugh it off should be sterilized and removed
from the gene pool, or euthanized if they prefer that
Needless to say, Ethan
Hawke should be sterilized even if he pretends that dad's
action doesn't bother him, because we know better.
DVD info from Amazon.
has a good 1.85:1 transfer, and a full-length
commentary by the director and the
|Man, this script is
bad. Every character is one-dimensional. Julianne Moore,
so talented and so wasted here, is left with the
thankless job of portraying the sister who is hostile and
abusive all the time, for no discernible reason. Noah
Wyle is a wounded and sensitive superwuss in his Ethan
Hawke impersonation. Roy Scheider is glowering and aloof
as the father who seems to have fingerprinted them all
with his emotional adolescence. Some other characters
were pretty much ignored completely. Only Blythe Danner,
as the mom, manages to escape with a semblance of
humanity, probably owing more to Danner's rounded
interpretation than to the lines she was handed. The cast
is actually pretty damned good, but what could they do?
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 6.1, Apollo users 67/100.
- With their
dollars ... a disastrous gross of
$500,000, spread over several weeks.
|My guideline: A means the movie is so
good it will appeal to you even if you hate the
genre. B means the
movie is not good enough to win you over if you
hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if
you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means
you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate
it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is
not only unappealing across-the-board, but
technically inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is in the C-D range.
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