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Normal Life [Import]
A contempory "Bonnie & Clyde" about a woman living on the edge who marries a young cop and convinces him to join her on a bank robbery spree throughout Chicago.Running Time: 108 min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre:¬?DRAMA UPC:¬?794043770128
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The storyline is very basic indeed. Chris and Pam meet and, despite their differences, they marry. They stay together despite Pam's increasingly deep and hurtful bouts of insanity. The marriage finally costs Chris his job as a cop and, in a last attempt to make ends meet, he takes to robbing banks.
His background as a cop means that he is pretty good at this and soon, he and Pam are benefitting from the fruits of his labours. Then, one day Pam finds out about the bank robberies and this changes their relationship forever but with destructive consequences.
It's not much of a plot but it is only there as a platform for the film to explore the relationship between Pam and Chris.
Pam desperately wants a man who will care for her and so she wants a man like Chis but she cannot respond to him. She is emotionally and sexually frigid. Chris wants to take care of Pam in the way that he thinks he should but he is unable to get through to her.
It turns out the what Pam really needs is a tough, all action strong guy who will care for her emotional needs as well. When she realises that her man has become a bank robber, suddenly, he is the man of her dreams and she bursts open with a new joy for life.
This scenario depends very much on the performaces from the two leads. Judd did her job well, you could really feel the troubles inside the mind of her character and without this, the film would have been poor indeed. Luke Perry was not so good. As far as I could see, his character was only staying with Pam because that's what it said in the script. There was no sense of why Chris needed Pam so much that he sat through all of the pain. Only in the closing moments did you see a sign of how much she was to him.
It was a very hard roll to play but I'm afraid that he was not really up to it.
And when you're right, you're right.
Good, lonely boy meets bad, bad girl, in a bad, bad, bad, movie
It seems inappropriate to criticize the actors, as I can't imagine there was even a script. Every scene seems to be a series of bad improvs, almost amateurish audition pieces. I was a John McNaughton fan based on his first feature: "Henry:Portrait of a Serial Killer", a low budget, but high-energy, inventive piece of film making. But this mess is only familiar to that film as regards overall production value.
By my count this makes 5 movies in a row where the high point of Ashley Judd's performance seems to be her undressing and /or use of dirty language. This list includes her role as the young Norma Jean Baker (Marilyn Monroe). Maybe a case of life imitates art?
Most recent customer reviews
Ashley is an absolute knock-out and Luke Perry is believable as the creature of habit husband.Published on Oct. 20 2001 by trina
When a guy falls for a beautiful lady and can dream of nothing but making love to her the rest of his life, then the kind of thing he is willing to do to keep her as his trophy is... Read morePublished on March 17 2000
I don't know why people didn't like this film so much. Their relationship in the movies intrigued.This guy centered his whole life around this girl, who is dysfunctional, like... Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2000
This movie was fantastic! Luke Perry is great as a man who will do anything for his woman (and you won't believe all he does)! Read morePublished on Oct. 11 1999 by One Who's Been There
since i saw this on tv i wasn't distracted by the nudity of it. the movie was extremely interesting the other person was probably right. Read morePublished on Oct. 6 1999
OK, the best part of watching this movie was that I did not have high expectations. It is not a masterpiece, but far better than most of those big bang movies that make millions of... Read morePublished on Sept. 25 1999
New Line Cinema opted not to release Normal Life during the dog days of summer in 1996, which infuriates me, since there was not one good movie playing in the theatres during that... Read morePublished on July 2 1999 by Judd Michael Conrad