January 26, 2010

Film Critic Quote of the Week

Nathan Rabin, looking at the infamous movie "Tiptoes" as part of My Year of Flops:

Amusingly, the film’s trailer heralds Oldman’s part as Tiptoes DVD “the role of a lifetime.” Considering that his lifetime includes playing Sid Vicious, Dracula, Lee Harvey Oswald, Joe Orton, Sirius Black, Jim Gordon, Beethoven, and Drexl Spivey in True Romance, that seems a tad bit hyperbolic. Oldman has had at least five roles of a lifetime. His dour Tim Conway homage here isn’t one of them... Tiptoes wants us to believe that little people can do anything—except, apparently, play a key role in Tiptoes. Casting Oldman as a dwarf is like a well-meaning liberal producer making a film version of A Raisin In The Sun in the early ’60s with Peter Falk in blackface in the lead role. Tiptoes awkwardly recalls painfully earnest message movies of the ’50s and ’60s. Think of it as Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (Here’s A Hint: He’s Really Fucking Short).
I haven't seen the film, but I'm amused that Matthew McConaughey and Gary Oldman played twin brothers, when one is clearly 15 years older than the other.

Posted by Stephen Silver at January 26, 2010 03:42 PM
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