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King of the CornerLeo Spivak (Peter Riegert) is drifting through life without a compass. His father (Eli Wallach) is aging fast, his teenage daughter is rebelling, his protégé is after his job and his wife (Isabella Rossellini) is losing her patience. A twist of fate and some bizarre wisdom from a "freelance rabbi" (Eric Bogosian) help Leo navigate the murky waters of his life and turn his crisis into a second-chance.This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.
Those in search of happy endings and maudlin moments may walk away disappointed from the extremely enjoyable King of the Corner, a modest, often touching film fully equipped with some very big laughs. Aging salesman Leo Spivak (Peter Reigert) is coming to terms with his incredibly messy life; his career is dimming, his elderly father (Eli Wallach) is quickly fading, and his personal life is in shambles. Is Leo falling apart at the seams, or will this be his golden opportunity to take stock and turn it all around? Visiting universal themes like adultery, parenthood, and death, King of the Corner jumps smoothly between sad and funny to incredibly uncomfortable as Leo faces life's daily ups and downs in the only way that he knows how--very awkwardly. The plot isn't so much about resolutions and answers as is it about the journey and finding a laugh here and there along the way.
You might know actor Peter Reigert from quirky sleepers like Local Hero and Crossing Delancey, his excellent turn in the intense Traffic, or his hilarious Donald "Boon" Schoenstein in Animal House. Many, however, may be surprised to find that his 2001-directed short By Courier was nominated for an Academy Award and that with this, his first full-length feature film, he delivers a breezy, well-packaged crowd pleaser. Reigert's efficient directing style keeps the story moving comfortably along while his sardonic screen presence and a terrific cast including Beverly D'Angelo (Coal Miner's Daughter), Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet), and Rita Moreno (West Side Story) all bring something to the table in roles large and small. Like reality, King of the Corner portrays life as it is: lots of lose ends, no easy answers, and every once in a while, very funny. --Matt Wold
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'rather dull and bad' are members of the pre-packaged dull and idiot crowd
....so I will not say....that they are pre-packaged dull individuals....and I will not refer to them as [all being] idiots because I am certain at least two of three of them are not of this.....well... idiots or....whatever. I'm sure that a few can tie their own shoe laces....feed themselves...and enjoy buttered popcorn.
I'm sure some folk will not find this review at all helpful....except if
one of the above crowd should invite you to go to a movie with them. Decline the invitation. But if you get a chance to see Peter Reigert's 'King of the Corner' on your own.....do so. Reigert is not
pre-packed for the "cutesie, hollywoodish types"...you take Riegert in the
box he is wrapped in.....and Riegert made a gem of a movie.
I have read and approve of this review!!!King of the Corner
Mr. Riegert co-wrote, directed, and stars in this film, and there are problems in each of those areas, especially with the writing and acting. We never really can get a sense of the crisis that is building up in Riegert's character, Leo. When he suddenly finds himself in bed with his high school crush (Bevery D'Angelo), it comes out of nowhere. A better actor with a better script might have been able to clue us in along the way.
My wife and I are lifelong students of comedy, and we got the impression that many scenes were meant to be funny, but Riegert wasn't able to carry those scenes off as an actor or a director. Riegert's "reaction face" is almost without emotion--you can't feel his confusion or frustration building, so there's no laughs. Another actor might have conveyed more than the wooden Riegert.
And why on earth does Riegert's Leo complain endlessly about his "out of control" daughter, when we never see even one scene that convinces us that his daughter, who seems incredibly nice and sincere whenever she's on camera, is really acting up? Come on Mr. Riegert--"show us, don't tell us."
The best scene in the whole movie was the funeral; there is a lovely gesture in which Leo's late father's girlfriend is included in the family. Leo's speech is not bad here, and Riegert's acting finally reaches believability.
I think the idea of the film is okay, but its execution leaves so much to be desired. I like "little films" about the average guy's experience, but this film lacks a nuanced vision, both visually and verbally.
All in all, this is not a successful film.