2 1/2 out of 5 stars. All the 80s-ness of Broadcast News was too much for me (the score was putrid and is the elevator music in hell) but when it was funny it was really funny, namely any scene with the underrated Albert Brooks. Jack Nicholson was a nice surprise but beyond that my life isn't any more fulfilled for seeing this movie.
I love Albert Brooks. The academy showered this one with noms, and for good reason for a change. Good film poking fun at journalism, but others have done so better (His Girl Friday, Network). For me, this movie is more of a character story than those however and makes it unique. Nicholson has a nice little role as well. 4.5 stars
Three flawed, beautiful, intelligent characters who have their reasons. People don't talk like this to each other in movies anymore – for those who attempt it we get sub-Woody Allen Manhattanite talk from the adverb-spewing likes of Whit Stillman, or sub-Wes Anderson quirk-talk emulating modern Chekhov or some shit. This has to be the best-paced film I've ever seen, filled with wisdom and pathos.
About an hour too long, way too cutesy and punishingly dull thanks to a thin story that dabbles between a cliché love triangle scenario and a completely childish portrayal of the journalism industry. Not sure why this film received so many accolades, but Hurt deserves none for this role and was the weakest member of an unimpressive cast. BUT: was pleased that Hunter's female lead ended up choosing career over men.
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!
This is a wonderful, hilarious, poignant comedy that balances tones in a style unseen today. A true artifact of 1987 and cinema of the 80s, Broadcast News deserves it's reputation. The cast is universally excellent - Holly Hunter has never been better ever. She should have won Best Actress over Cher - no question. The cold open that introduces our three main leads is marvelous and perfectly captures each character.