Written & Directed by: David Seltzer
Starring: Tom Hanks, Sally Field, John Goodman, Mark Rydell and Damon Wayans
Released by: Columbia-Tristar
My Advice: Own it.
Lilah Krytsick (Field) is a housewife who lives in Jersey and who’s dying to make it as a commedienne. There’s just one problem: she has no natural talent for comedy. She is on the verge of having to choose between her family and her passion to be a funny lady. When Steven Gold (Hanks) enters her life, it turns out that they each have something that the other needs. He is the funniest man at the club where they both perform, the Gas Station, and she’s got the means to help him from having his life completely falling out from under him.
This DVD is a disappointment when stacked up against the film it’s carrying. The only thing that even remotely resembles a special feature on this disc is the fact that you can choose between widescreen and fullscreen presentations. And of course, no one in their right mind would watch a film in pan-and-scan when they have a choice not to. What we should have seen are some interviews with Hanks and/or Field (and even Goodman if they had really wanted to). There also should have been a commentary track from the director. However, we get nothing attached to this movie in the way of supporting material, which is a shame–it really is an underrated gem.
If you call yourself a movie fan, you’d better have this movie on your shelf. And, if you never seen it, go buy it. Now. But be prepared, if they ever produce some kind of special edition, to chuck this one in favor of the later, greater release.