Pick of the Week - November 24-30, 2014

It’s Thanksgiving week here in the United States, so you would think that this would be the time for me to pull out my favorite Thanksgiving-themed television episode or movie for my pick of the week.  And, truth be told, I probably would if I had one.  To be honest, other than the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special, which is so ubiquitous as to be pointless as a pick, I can’t say that there’s really a Thanksgiving-themed movie or show that I’m fond enough to choose.  Well, there’s the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Thanksgiving episode, “Pangs,” from Season 4, but, as I used a Buffy episode for Halloween, that seems kind of like cheating (Expect me to use it next Thanksgiving instead.).

So instead of something about Thanksgiving, we’ll go with something tangentially-related: Hudson Hawk!

(You see, we eat turkey on Thanksgiving. Turkeys are birds. A hawk is a bird. Hudson Hawk is a movie with the name of a bird in the title.  Taadaa!  Tangentially-related!)

Hudson Hawk  was not a big hit when it was released in 1991.  Critics panned it (The film is currently running at 24% positive on Rotten Tomatoes), and audiences didn’t seem to appreciate what has been called a massive ego trip on the part of the film’s star, Bruce Willis, who also has story credit.  It made $17 million in the US, which is a tad shy of its $65 million budget.  And remember this is a time before international box office could offset terrible US performance (Yes, I’m looking at you, Battleship.). 

I don’t care about the reviews or the box office, though.  I like Hudson Hawk, and I have since it came out.  I paid to see it in the theater, and I REGRET NOTHING!  The story, which follows a recently-released cat burglar who becomes involved in a world domination plot, is deeply silly.  The film’s villains, played by Richard E. Grant and Sandra Bernhard, are so over the top that they can’t even look down at it from the height they're at.  And Andie MacDowell, as a secret agent/nun (Yes, that makes sense in the movie…sort of.) is awful.  But don’t fight it.  Let it wash over you.  Give in to the ridiculousness.  You may just find yourself singing along.  Oh…did I mention there were musical numbers?

You’re deeply intrigued now.   Go on.  Rent Hudson Hawk.  You know you want to.

And Happy Thanksgiving!


- Alan Decker

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