Friday, September 28, 2018

favorite movie #57: dirty rotten scoundrels

Favorite movies that have had an impact on me - #57 - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) - This film has a special pace in my heart. It is silly fun, and the three main players — Steve Martin, Michael Caine, and Glenne Headley — are all wonderful together. Director Frank Oz makes many funny movies, and this is one of his best. The French Riviera scenery adds to the breezy, champagne bubbly tone.

Freddy Benson (Steve Martin, as "Ruprecht the Monkey Boy"): Excuse me. May I go to the bathroom first? 
Lawrence Jamieson (Michael Caine): Of course you may. 
Freddy: [after a pause, and with relief] Thank you.

Lawrence Jamieson: Freddy, as a younger man, I was a sculptor, a painter, and a musician. There was just one problem: I wasn't very good. As a matter of fact, I was dreadful. I finally came to the frustrating conclusion that I had taste and style, but not talent. I knew my limitations. We all have our limitations, Freddy. Fortunately, I discovered that taste and style were commodities that people desired. Freddy, what I am saying is: know your limitations. You are a moron.


bedtime story vs. dirty rotten scoundrels


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