Kyle J. Steenblik

Oldie but a goodie: What’s Up Doc?

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What’s Up, Doc?  How should I begin with this movie?  I suppose I should start at the beginning, or near the beginning.  I was probably about 12 or 13 when this VHS tape came home from the local Video Buffs.  I, like most people in my age group, instantly thought of Bugs Bunny.  I thought this would be an awesome cartoon.  What I couldn’t figure out, was what Barbra Streisand had to do with Bugs Bunny.  Well I’ll tell you.  Nothing, she has nothing to do with Bugs Bunny, and this movie has nothing to do with Bugs Bunny.  Well it has a little to do with Bugs Bunny, but not directly, it’s more of homage, but with people.  But that’s OK.  That is not the point.  Come to think of it, I forgot the point.  I’ll start over.

What’s Up, Doc? a comedy from 1972, directed by Peter Bogdanovich and written by Buck Henery, Robert Benton, and David Newman.  Robert Benton and David Newman are the reason this film popped back into my mind.  These two also wrote Superman, and David continued to write Superman 2 and 3 as well.  As I have been reading a lot about the new Man of Steel movie, it seemed appropriate to look at the original Superman movies, and doing that I realized these two gentlemen wrote (or at very least contributed to writing) one of my favorite movies.  Catch all that?  Yeah well, that’s how my brain works.

There are a million reasons to watch this movie.  There are no reasons to not watch it.  A comedic gold mine and one movie will always be funny.  Unless you have no sense of humor, which is unfortunate, and we feel bad that you don’t understand why everyone is laughing all the time.

Over the course of my life, I have recommended this movie to more than a few friends, and often I’ve met with some resistance.  For some reason Barbra Streisand has some stigma attached to her or her movies.  I don’t understand this at all.  Therefore, if you are one of those individuals that for some reason will think twice about this movie (or any) because of Streisand we can’t be friends anymore.  Seriously, it’s a good movie, and she is good in this.  She is good in most things.  Shut up, I like Barbra Streisand and I am not very ashamed.  Stop judging me.

How about the rest of the cast, we have Ryan O’Neal.  No?  Well he is a good actor give him a chance.  Madeline Kahn.  Everyone loves Madeline Kahn, don’t pretend you don’t, we won’t believe you.  Austin Pendleton, you know who he is, don’t kid yourself.  Why am I trying to sell you on this cast?  You know most of these people if you have seen any comedy from the 70’s you will recognize them.

As far as story goes, this movie is basically about four identical suitcases in a hotel, and their owners.  Naturally things get mixed up, and wackiness ensues.

Just watch it.  Trust me.


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