Dinner in America
According To Uswhispers Sharing my thoughts and feelings as I watched "Dinner in America" is one way to describe it. After the first 15 minutes, I was starting to get annoyed. I got the impression it was a slapdash parody of the Middle American stereotype, complete with floral upholstery, stuffy family dinners, and adults stuck in the Eisenhower era. Shooting fish in a barrel, in other words. An agent of chaos, a pyromaniac anti-social guy with disgusting table etiquette, rampages through the suburbs terrorising everyone.
It was hard to tell what the joke was, or even what the point was, because no one on screen seemed to be real. One and a half hours and forty-five minutes was going to be a long time.
Despite its anti-establishment, anti-social quicksilver, "Dinner in America," written, directed, and edited by Adam Rehmeier, is a sweet love story that's one of the best in recent memory. It's not uncommon for a film to surprise you. When you watch a movie a second time after a bad first impression, you find that there is more to it than meets the eye.
Because of Roger Ebert's transparent review, I've always admired how he struggled with and resisted "The King of Comedy," but eventually returned to it in an effort to see it in a deeper way. It isn't always the case that a person's first thought is always the best one. For all of my initial reservations, I found myself marvelling at how far I'd come by the end of "Dinner in America."
What Grant's nerdy professor finally admitted at the end of "Bringing Up Baby" is that Katharine Hepburn and Katharine Hepburn were not meant to be together. His life has never been better than it is right now, and the woman who ruined it in 48 hours is not happy about it. Take a look at his past before she entered the picture. He wasn't even aware that he was being held hostage. He needed such a violent exit from captivity. Astonishingly, he had a great time. Romance is wonderful, but having a good time is even better and more liberating. Enjoying yourself implies that you don't give a damn about what other people think of you.