Monday, October 22, 2007

Lung Cancer Love

Saturday night, I checked out the John Turtorro film "Romance & Cigarettes" at Quad Cinema. The comedy/quasi-musical featured a large cast of big names including James Gandolfini and Susan Sarandon as a middle-aged couple living at the eastern edge of Queens near JFK Airport.

Quick plot synopsis: He has an affair. They fight. She goes to Church. She fights with the mistress. They still live together. He gets lung cancer. Everyone lip syncs to popular songs. Lots of planes fly overhead. Unexpected street-dancing. Mandy Moore and Christopher Walken fill in unnecessary roles.

It was different. Good. But different. Some definite laugh-out-loud moments. I'd recommend it.

(For a more nuanced write-up, check out this New York Times review by Stephen Holden.)

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