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City Slickers (1991)

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City Slickers (1991)


Billy Crystal
Bruno Kirby
Daniel Stern
Patricia Wettig
Helen Slater
Jack Palance

Directed by Ron Underwood

Distributed by Columbia Pictures

The fun in the movie is when Billy Crystal starts making jokes and not in the over 1 hour 50 minutes spent watching him do it. City Slickers was good to watch but to me the movie is a little over hyped because after you see a movie done in the 90s you expect it to be great, but the movie is just there.

The movie is based on three men in their late 30s realizing that life has much to offer than what they are strapped with. What led to that and how they discover that is what writers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel put together for us to watch. Both writers have been at it for a while with movies like Multiplicity (1996) and Robots (2005) under their belt.

City Slickers did nab an Academy award though, Jack Palance went home Best Actor in a Supporting Role and also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.

The movie plot has 3 men who decided to go on a trip and be cowboys for 2 weeks which will involve hoarding a herd of cattle.

In their journey they experienced death, birth and near death.

City Slickers is seen as a form of a classic, but the movie to me is missing the key ingredient for a classic although it happens to be one, it got a 90% approval rating in the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes and the movie can be found on the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs it can be found on number 86.

Ron Underwood (Mighty Joe Young 1998)was the man behind the wheel in this one, a wheel I believe he held too loosely, the movie dragged for almost 2 hours, most of which were wasted watching the characters discussing pointlessly.

The movie is based on a $26 million budget and the movie is also a commercial success making over $179 million in the box office. Due to the financial success of the movie, Billy Crystal (who produced this movie) produced a sequel that was released three years later. The sequel was a flaw although some of the old cast was present, and it currently holds a 19% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was also a commercial flop, as it cost 10 million more than the first, and it was only able to make a little over $43 million.

Did I enjoy City Slickers? Yes, will I like to see it again? No!


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