Tag Archives: Steve Martin


IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU.  One of the director’s most beloved films is a drama-comedy that feels genuine and relevant precisely because it was conceived by him and the writing duo who all poured their combined rich experiences of being parents into the script. The conflicts that the Buckman family are going through feel believable … Continue reading Parenthood

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

NICE GUYS FINISH LAST. MEET THE WINNERS.  Sophisticated British con artist Lawrence Jamieson (Michael Caine) gets competition in the French Riviera by a loud American colleague (Steve Martin) who talks Jamieson into becoming his mentor. Frank Oz reunited with Martin from Little Shop of Horrors (1986) for this funny remake of Bedtime Story (1964). The … Continue reading Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

PACK IN THE LAUGHTER! After a business trip to New York City, Neal Page (Steve Martin) is trying to get home to his family in Chicago for Thanksgiving, but frequently gets stuck with a very loud co-traveler (John Candy)… Director John Hughes is back on the roads after National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) for a comedy … Continue reading Planes, Trains & Automobiles

The Muppet Movie

MORE ENTERTAINING THAN HUMANLY POSSIBLE. Kermit, a frog in a Florida swamp, is persuaded by a Hollywood agent to go west and pursue a showbiz career; along the way, he meets friends and finds a dangerous enemy. The beloved felt creatures from The Muppet Show (1976-1981) delivered their first movie, a funny, chaotic meta experience … Continue reading The Muppet Movie

The Big Year

EVERYONE IS SEARCHING FOR SOMETHING. Three birders (Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson) keep bumping into each other in remote places; initially reluctant to come clean, they are all secretly doing a Big Year. While Mark Obmascik’s book follows real-life birders who compete against each other, trying to spot as many species as possible all … Continue reading The Big Year

It’s Complicated

FIRST COMES MARRIAGE. THEN COMES DIVORCE. AND THEN… Jane Adler (Meryl Streep) becomes attracted to an architect (Steve Martin), but a night of drunken passion with her ex-husband (Alec Baldwin) makes her consider the options. Director Nancy Meyers is a reliable supplier of romantic comedies for an older, most likely female audience. This is one … Continue reading It’s Complicated

The Pink Panther 2

INSPECT THE UNEXPECTED. Someone is stealing the most precious historical artifacts in the world and Jacques Clouseau (Steve Martin) is hired to lead a team of crack investigators. There are virtually no redeeming qualities in this sequel that has few real jokes and no imagination at all. The impressive cast makes the failure even more galling; … Continue reading The Pink Panther 2

And the Band Played On

A THREAT NO ONE DARED FACE. A WORD NO ONE WANTED TO SPEAK. A FIGHT FOR MANY, FOUGHT BY FEW.  In 1981, epidemiologist Don Francis (Matthew Modine) joins a team of researchers at the CDC who are trying to figure out the causes of a very deadly disease among gay men. Randy Shilts wrote an … Continue reading And the Band Played On

Jiminy Glick in La La Wood

IT TAKES A BIG MAN TO COVER THIS TOWN. When he’s assigned to cover the Toronto film festival, entertainment reporter Jiminy Glick (Martin Short) enthusiastically brings his family. Short and his fat suit move from Primetime Glick (2001-2003) to the vulgar character’s own movie. He claims it took 20 days to shoot and much of … Continue reading Jiminy Glick in La La Wood

The Pink Panther

THE PINK PANTHER DIAMOND IS MISSING… AND THE WORLD’S GREATEST DETECTIVE IS SOLVING THE CASE ONE MISTAKE AT A TIME.  The coach of the French national soccer team is murdered and his huge, famous Pink Panther diamond ring is stolen; it’s up to Inspector Clouseau (Steve Martin) to find the killer. A remake of the 1964 … Continue reading The Pink Panther

A Simple Twist of Fate

MICHAEL MCCANN IS ABOUT TO FIND WEALTH BEYOND HIS IMAGINATION… A REAL FAMILY. Loner Michael McCann (Steve Martin) adopts a two-year-old girl after the death of her mother; what he doesn’t know is that the child’s father is a local politician (Gabriel Byrne). Martin did a fine job updating ”Cyrano de Bergerac” in Roxanne (1987), … Continue reading A Simple Twist of Fate