Six Ways to Sunday

 (1997)

by Tuna

Written in 2007

Six Ways to Sunday (1997) is a dark crime comedy set in Youngstown, Ohio. Norman Reedus is 18, lives with the most castrating mother ever to be in a film, and works at a fast food restaurant. His childhood friend, who works as an enforcer for for the Jewish Mafia, takes him on a job in a strip joint. Reedus goes postal and beats the crap out of a deadbeat. When he is summoned to meet the boss, he is expecting to be in big trouble, but it turns out that the deadbeat got religion after Reedus visited him, paid off his entire debt, and gave the mob additional cash to make sure Reedus wouldn't come back. Reedus is welcomed into the organization, and assumed an important role after his buddy is arrested in a holdup.

He moves himself and his mother into a house, and becomes a hot man. Seems he has an alter ego that is a ladies man with the capacity for ultra-violence. Then he makes his first mistake, and tries to get fresh with Elina L÷wensohn, the big boss's maid. He is ordered to court her. The rest of the film is about his progression in the mob, and his relationship with Elina L÷wensohn vs. his relationship with his mother.

Debra Harry was incredible as the mother, doing things like giving Reedus his bath, pinching his blackheads, controlling the lamp in his bedroom, and trying to keep him from girls. Norman Reedus owned his own role, and was perfect. Elina L÷wensohn was charming, and I would have liked to see more of her. While there is plenty of humor, there is also explicit violence, so be warned. This could have gone wrong so many ways, but director Adam Bernstein (It's Pat) kept it on track.

by Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

Written in 1999. Contains major spoilers.

... made the rounds at the festivals, but didn't get much theater play. I think it was introduced at the SXSW festival here in Austin. Typical goofy indy premise. Jewish mobsters in Youngstown, Ohio take a liking to a young "goy" with a mild polite exterior and raging violence beneath the surface. Of course, he's only violent because his dad left his mom and she raised him as if he were still age four. Or something like that.

In the end, he (or the spirit of his dad within him) ends up humping his mom. Although she's all for it, and had been prodding him to do it, she hangs herself when she realizes what she's done. Or maybe he hangs her and blames it on the spirit of his dad. Whatever.

He packs her in a travel case, picks up his girl, slaughters all the mobsters, goes to the bus station and grabs the first Greyhound bus out of Youngstown. He buys three seats - one for him, one for his best girl, and one for his dead mom.

I think you can figure from the summary whether you'd like it or not. "

DVD INFO

* widescreen

 

 

 

 

THE CRITICS AND ACADEMIES

It was nominated for an Oscar for cinematography.

44 Rotten Tomatoes  (% positive)

THE PEOPLE

   
5.8 IMDB summary (of 10)

THE BOX OFFICE

Box Office Mojo. It grossed $54,000 in six theaters.

 

NUDITY REPORT

  • Elina L÷wensohn shows a breast briefly in a very dark sex scene.

  • Anna Levine Thomson, as a prostitute, shows breasts, and a very brief full frontal in a mirror. 

  • Several unknown strippers show breasts.

Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:

C  (Scoop) or C+ (Tuna)