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Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

July 27, 2009

0/10 Reasons Robin Williams Should Stick To Serious Roles

Watched it for ten minutes and turned it off. Couldn’t take it.

Good Morning, Vietnam is about a wiseacre DJ who gets set up at in a radio station in Vietnam to boost morale for the troops. Then, hello,  he starts going crazy and saying edgy shit on the air, playing rock and roll. Needless to say, his military superiors are flabbergasted by his behavior, and so he gets in trouble for it.

Pretty sure the war in Vietnam gets addressed, too, but that’s what happens in the first ten minutes.

If there is any evidence that Robin Williams is a mental ward escapee living under the guise of a comedian, this is it. Maybe it’s me, but I don’t find it funny when people just ramble and verbalize all the voices that are screaming in their head. A painful experience in every way to sit down and watch this movie, let alone hear good things about it beforehand and thus try to enjoy it.

He was funny in Mrs. Doubtfire, but sadly for Robin, that’s the only exception to the rule.

Look, if you think Robin Williams is one funny bastard, then this is right up your alley. I’m sure there’s a good movie in here somewhere, but I’m content with never knowing.

Dude is fucking crazy.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Johnny permalink
    April 29, 2010 9:48 am

    1. You really shouldn’t rate a movie unless you’ve seen at the very least most of it. But probably you should reserve your judgement only for movies you’ve watched all the way through.

    2. I’m surprised you didn’t find any of William’s early on-air hijinks at least slightly amusing but the film takes a pretty serious turn about 1/2 way through. It gets into the lowdown about the chaos of living in Vietnam at the time and military censorship. Pretty interesting, I would by no means call it great, but it is definitely not a zero.

    • April 29, 2010 10:04 am

      Haha, I’m surprised it took so long for someone to write this comment, Kevin. I’ve been thinking about this movie a lot as of late actually and have been meaning to bite the bullet and watch the rest of it past those opening bits of Williams rambling into the mic like a lunatic. When that day does finally come, I will be happy to give it a second review.

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