Reviewed byHubertus HuehneVote: 9/10/10
This is easily the "craziest" Road Movie ever made - and one of the best.It's funny, tragic, dramatic and intelligent. Konchalovsky's composition iswithout any flaws - you'll find no plot holes or boring sequences destroyingthe flow of the story. The soundtrack supports the atmosphere of the movieperfectly. James Belushi stars as Homer, a retarded man, who goes on a longjourney to see his dying father. Right at the start he's being robbed of allhis cash and has to sleep in a car cemetery. There he meets the criminalEddie, played by Whoopi Goldberg, who's slowly dying of a brain tumor. Thistumor is the reason for several violent outbreaks. Eddie escorts Homer andarranges the first sexual contact for him - with a monstrous prostitute.This results in one of the most charming and funny "sex scenes" I've everseen, beaten only by the priceless dancing scenes with Homer and Eddie atthe pier. I've never seen one of the two acting better. But don't miss theguest appearances of Anne Ramsey, Karen Black and Jesus! And be warned: eventhough this film is full of funny, charming and lovable scenes it has alsoits violent parts.
If you liked "Harold & Maude" and "Gilbert Grape" this is a film for you!
Reviewed bymoonspinner55Vote: 7/10/10
Unusual film was wrongly advertised as a wacky comedy; it is actually asurprisingly sensitive and light-on-its-feet drama about friendship.Mentally backward man (James Belushi, in his best performance) hits theroad with an escaped female mental patient named Eddie (WhoopiGoldberg) who has a brain tumor and keeps thinking she sees Jesus goingby. Sort of a tragic love story between two unfortunate people thatlife threw away. Both stars are just fine, but the sloppy editing showssigns of an indecisive captain of the ship, and the blue-collarrock-n-roll on the soundtrack is irritating. Panned by just abouteverybody, I found a great deal of depth here, some scattershot laughs,and I was really moved by Belushi's matter-of-fact performance (noshowing off) and his touching scene at the funeral. *** from ****
Reviewed bychrislablancVote: 5/10/10
Let's start with the ugly just to get it out of the way. I think thismovie would have been considered a cult classic on par with Harold andMaude if someone besides Belushi had played Homer. At times he seemedto fall out of character at others it just looked like he was an actorplaying a retarded person and very rarely he seemed in character. Itwasn't a role that could be pulled off by over-acting or playing biggerthan life. This was a great role played by the wrong actor. Now thebad, the continuity and sound track distracted from the story, Howwould people recognize Homer if he had been gone since childhood andhis parents had denied him? The times you were expected to suspendbelief to forward the story or develop characters were too glaring andthe music was out of sync with the moods.
But yet I gave it a 5 out of 10 because of the good. Whoopi who is notmy favorite actress did everything with her character that Belushicould not do with his, and the story as a whole and what it was tryingto convey about the cast-aways of society kept me watching to see theinevitable ending.
A mentally disabled man gets help from a sociopath when he tries to reunite with his dying father, who years earlier disowned him.