The problems of attractive white people in Washington, DC while being very successful do not interest me. Nor does the issue of Holly Hunter choosing between a gorgeous vapid man and an average looking intelligent man. I asked my friend Jean Davis if I was bad for not wanting to finish this. She said "It ain't the boss of you!" You hear that movie, you aren't the boss of me!
Tom is an idiot who knows he's an idiot. Tragic. He has no balance in his life. He's obsessed with Jane, but can't understand her. Jane is brilliant, but miserable. Her favorite person in the world is Aaron. Aaron is really smart!, under-appreciated, and Stable. She looks up to him. Does that make him the best one? No, because he's vindictive and arrogant and sucks at delivering the news! It's a crazy love triangle!
Prophetic to the point that viewers today might not recognize that it's satire...
I could do without the "years later", but Holly Hunter turns in one of the top 5 female performances ever captured on camera, so that's a plus.
This is what writing human beings instead of characters is all about!
network is unapologetic. it's unrelenting and aggressive and it doesn't seem to care. but broadcast news is subtle. it's a totally different film, equally glorious, definitely more complex. the characters don't know what the fuck they're doing. they have too much to reconcile. network may be prophetic but broadcast news is perceptive.
One of the best romantic comedies I've ever seen with a great script and effortless performances. Nearly a perfect movie.
Rewatched it for the first time in a while, and it remains effortless. A sadly forgotten film and the best work of Brooks's career. Great performances and a script to die for, this is one of the finest romantic comedies ever made. Worthy of the screwball salad days of Howard Hawks.