THE ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN
Robin Williams here is a very obnoxious patient who's told he has 90 minutes left to live in a funny scene by his overly hassled, equally pissed-off doctor (Mila Kunis). I don't blame her, since too much of Williams yelling in your face can really get on your nerves. "How long do I have? … I'm not leaving here until I get a number!" he demands. "Ninety minutes," Kunis reads off a turkey-roasting food magazine.
Next thing you know, Williams is trying to make nice with people and family he's angered as guilt-plagued Kunis desperately tries to track him down to tell him he's not conking out. Hilarious. I really want to see this movie because it looks like a funnier version of Michael Douglas' 1993 angry-man-with-rocketlauncher classic, Falling Down. Plus, my favourite hobbit-dude, Peter Dinklage, is here as Williams' kinder brother who looks like the little talisman everyone should have at his deathbed-side table.
The funniest thing here is the list of stuff Williams hates being rattled off at the start of the trailer - subwoofers in small cars, flyers for cheap haircuts, double-baby strollers, hamsters, pigeons, greeting cards and flip-flops. Boy, I can so identify with this. That sounds like one-tenth of my daily mad-as-hell to-complain list.
Liam Neeson, playing an obsessed writer in Paris, has an affair with a hot younger woman (Olivia Wilde) behind the back of his tired-looking, hurt wife (Maria Bello). Adrien Brody falls for a femme fatale (Moran Atlas) in Rome and is drawn into something involving Italian gangsters and guns. Mila Kunis looks very nutty desperately wanting to see her son in New York, while hubby James Franco is freaked out by her.
This mazy romantic drama is written and directed by Paul Haggis, whose crime-racism flick Crash (2004) interconnected so many characters I thought I was at a convention. Do I want to get on the merry-go-round again? I'm not sure because this isn't happy to look at.
Everybody's got some dark, possibly mental problem. I mean, poor crazy Kunis gets pulled screaming on the floor as though somebody stole her That '70s Show box set. "One mystery brings them together," says the tagline. Really? What could it be? Something Franco passed around for everybody to puff on?
Tay Yek Keak