Thursday, April 7, 2011

You Haven't Seen That Yet??? - Rain Man

Plot: Self-centered, avaricious Californian Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) is informed that his long-estranged father has died. Expecting at least a portion of the elder Babbitt's $3 million estate, Charlie learns that all he's inherited is his dad's prize roses and a 1949 Buick Roadmaster. Discovering that the $3 million is being held in trust for an unidentified party, Charlie heads to his home town of Cincinnati to ascertain who that party is. It turns out that the beneficiary is Raymond Babbitt (Dustin Hoffman), the autistic-savant older brother that Charlie never knew he had. via

Matt's Rating: B

Why Matt is appalled Nicole has never seen it: It's an iconic movie for the 80's. Hoffman had a solid string of good acting, with this being the pinnacle. Plus I know how much Nicole hates Tom Cruise so I made sure she watched this. Plus, there are a lot of great and classic moments in the film. From the brothers dancing in the hotel, to the toothpicks, to the end when Raymond leans into Charlie. It's isn't a cinematic masterpiece but the acting is pretty darn good and its an interesting story. It may be a little long and drag in parts (most 80's movies do) but it's a classic film with a classic character that all film buffs should see.

Nicole's Rating: B

Nicole's Review: We need to stop having the same taste in movies for the sake of this blog. Seriously. Anyway, Rain Man was a pretty good movie. I enjoyed it and thought Dustin Hoffman was the man. But it was also extremely slow to start and way too long. Ultimately, the movie was about personal growth. Raymond learns how to connect and Charlie learns how to show emotion and both brothers are better off for it in the end. But two hours for a movie that is really ONLY about growing your soul is waaaay too gd long. And, I guess I get it. The movie was made in the 80s when movies like this could be made. It wouldn't have made it through today. In my opinion.

And yes. Tom Cruise is just about the worst human being on the planet. Well, maybe after Kirstie Alley. Free Katie Holmes! Free Xenu!


  1. The movie popularized savants aka a rare condition in which autistic individuals score extremely high in one (or more) aspects of intelligence.
    It's important :P
    and not boring