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I had never before seen "A Fish Called Wanda." It is one of the smartest and best comedies I've ever watched, with all four leads (John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin) giving career-defining performances (even Cleese, as the straight-man, is uproariously funny, as well as just a great all-around actor). Kline won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, but all four of these actors were sensational. It takes a *lot* to make me laugh out loud, but this little question and answer made me bleat out like a sheep - it's so subtle that many people will miss it, but for me it was the perfect comedic moment. "Who is this?" "Don't you know?" This movie is up there with "Dr. Strangelove" - if only there were a thousand comedies like this, I'd never leave the house. There are a couple of scenes that devolve into sloppy excess (french fry scene, Curtis salivating), and they really detract from the movie as a whole, but if you can overlook them, you've got nearly two hilarious hours on your hands.
From the thread on Amadeus a reference to actress Meg Tilly reminded me of the Big Chill, first the film and additionally the soundtrack. Both are favorites of mine. They ring so close to experience and heart. I lived some of that film w/ my friends; attended college during the same time period referenced in the film, engaged in some of the acts that those characters referenced, had reunions of that ilk with old college friends, even had reunions of that ilk around funerals as was the case in the film. The movie won awards when it came out. It was also an early film for an amazing array of actors that gained significant fame in theater and film over long careers, Meg Tilly being one of them. In fact there have been cries for an adjusted Director's Cut that would have included Kevin Costner in the scenes he filmed. (all of his scenes were cut from the original film and a new version has never been released). The Soundtrack is an astonishing uplifting variety of songs from the 1960's from a host of artists, with a heavy emphasis on Motown. From one who grew up on that music it is a very upbeat emotionally powerful reflection of the best of that decade. I know my reactions to the film and the soundtrack are biased through my experiences. So my question for the rest of you; Is it a period piece or does it transcend the time and place of the film and serve to move you? And for those of you from that time period, how do you feel about the film and/or the soundtrack? Damn. I listen to that soundtrack all the time.