I have films that I watch, whose collection criteria fundamentally consist of films that I would watch twice. Normally, when I find such a film as "Falcon and the Snowman", starring Sean Penn... I know this to be the case by a strange fascination with the opening and closing sequences. [I will lift mine eyes up to the hill. Where doth my help come from?] 'Watchdog: Clyde is Hungry" -played by Dr. Edward Katz. :-)
A Lifetime Channel level story (well...subtract the strippers and it would be) populated by great acting talent, but not even Nicholson and Huston can rise above the mediocrity of the tale nor Penn's unfocused direction. The 3rd star is for the star power and the stripper with the clothes pins.
Not the most original premise, so the film as to be done very well to be engaging. Unfortunately, The Crossing Guard fell short of that. Despite Nicholson giving a good performance, I never felt and sort of serious attachment to the character and in a film with a revenge story that is crucial. Sean Penn seemed like he was trying to combine directing styles from many different directors, and this made the film dull.
An interesting plot that is unfortunately executed in such a way that makes the movie dull and uninteresting. Like always though, Jack Nicholson shows he is a talented actor and is the only redeemable thing about this film. This visuals were nice, but not enough to save this movie
Roger Ebert's review of 'The Crossing Guard' made me see depth in it that I would not have seen otherwise. His comments concealed some of the movies flaws... but that doesn't mean it erased them. They're still there and they're pretty bad... cheesy ending, too much strip club repetitiveness, etc.
I chose this movie because it was another American film that had a few decent actors in it. This film does a good job shooting the different types of cultures throughout the city that Freddy (Jack Nicholson) lives in. The Crossing Guard also does a great job blending music in very important scenes to keep it dramatic. Overall great film with a good story line about revenge and Grief over a loved one.
I saw this at the theatre during it's initial release. The audience was drop dead silent at the end; upon exiiting the silence was broken by muttered dismay, confusion and disappointment. People didn't get it or like it but I'd just seen what I felt was a great film.