Six Degrees proves a film doesn’t have to approximate realism to be an accurate reflection of its moment; where Philadelphia’s intended naturalism really only served to provide the backdrop for a traditional courtroom drama, Six Degrees’ satiric borderline surreality cloaks a fairly searing portrait of the haves and have-nots that plays as one of Hollywood’s best depictions of 1980s hangover.
A suprise to me since I'm so used to seeing Will Smith as his all-around-nice-guy persona, his performance was the most convincing in this film. Was he a complete sociopath, or just a lost boy struggling as a chameleon? Seeing this makes me wish he'd take more dimensional roles nowadays.
One major problem I had with this film was the performances - Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland, Will Smith - all great actors, but here they're acting in the broad, over-dramatic style of the stage, which just comes off as obnoxious and annoying on screen. It has a good story with great characters, but told in a disjointed way with cloying "witty" dialogue that was more annoying than clever.
Always been a underrated film and performance by Will Smith(arguably his best, it's definitely his most daring) Sigh, how many more films must i stumble across that Mubi erased from me(The fuckers literally owe me over 200+ ratings). I rated this film like the year I joined The Auteur's
For a film that pretends to be a splitting image of sophistication, it does very little to impress, indulging in stereotypes rather than looking for depth in characterization. The dialog by Gueyer is brilliant - and so is the social satire - however infinitely more appropriate to the stage. The performances are missing the punch that defines the play, but Stockard Channing is nothing short of brilliant.
Not bad. Six Degrees of Separation kind of felt like a heavier Woody Allen knock-off at points but worth a watch, even if that dark turn I was waiting for never came. Its kind of a bummer that this is as good as Will Smith would ever be but J.J. Abrams (and the rest of the spoiled rich kid brood) were hysterical.
An extremely charismatic presence from a young Will Smith was probably the best thing about this movie. Those other things were just decent.
The screenplay was a bit confusing and I haven't understood the point in the story despite the fact that the concept idea behind the "six degrees" is truly interesting.
A farce with over the top acting but also with a serious and lasting undertone. It has the same atmosphere as Woody Allen's movies but without the clever oneliners. I love the speech by Stockard Channing at the end.