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Michael (1996)
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by Ryan Arthur

"You can NEVER have too much sugar."
2 stars


In what appears to be the age of a sort of new age, touchy-feely mentality, angels have come back in a big way. Now they're not just symbols from heaven, but selling points for everything from pins to television shows, greeting cards to movies.

It's "angel chic," or something.

In that vein we have Michael, from director Nora Ephron (Heartburn, Sleepless In Seattle). Michael is a movie about an angel, but he's not your typical angel.

Nope, Michael (John Travolta) is a slob. He's rough around the edges. He needs a shave, he smokes a ton, and he eats his breakfast cereal like most little kids do, covered in sugar and like he's using a shovel instead of a spoon. Michael lives in the office of a hotel in Iowa. A couple of reporters (William Hurt and Robert Pastorelli) from a tabloid hear about the angel and are told to bring him to Chicago to appear on the cover of the tabloid. They get saddled with another reporter (Andie "Ugh" McDowell), who's supposed to be an angel expert.

How much you want to bet she falls in love with Hurt's character? How much you want to bet Michael plays a hand in it?

Travolta plays Michael like a tourist. In fact, he is, and he's been to earth before. There's a certain amount of charm to the character (like when he dances to Chain Of Fools in a roadhouse, bringing the women out onto the floor with him, or when he has pie with Joey Lauren Adams). Women dig him (they say he "smells like cookies") despite the fact that if he didn't have wings, they wouldn't give him the time of day.

But it's a mess. The funny moments fall flat, the charm isn't enough to carry the film (or Travolta's character and performance), and plus, it's got Andie McDowell. That's an immediate strike against it, right there.

There are better angel movies (and better Travolta movies, for that matter) for you to watch.

I invented standing in line.

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originally posted: 11/04/98 10:12:06
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4/01/09 Sammy I loved this movie !! 5 stars
5/22/06 Ashley Hinz Anything but Angelic. 1 stars
8/16/05 ES Mr. Travolta do you enjoy making crap or is just your nature? 1 stars
10/02/04 sandy a carpe diem theme 5 stars
5/18/04 ShadowMichael Most accurate depiction of the archangel EVER! 5 stars
6/16/03 Charles Tatum Sappy and derivative of the current angel trend 1 stars
3/19/03 Jack Sommersby Again, Travolta's far better than the material. 2 stars
4/04/02 Francis Fails to amuse 2 stars
1/09/02 Magnum Craphole I'd rather be ground alive and eaten by ants than sit through this shit again. 1 stars
11/26/01 KMG Thiis movie has as much worth as a loose pube. 1 stars
8/09/01 Mr. Hat Really good. Fuck all you assholes. 4 stars
5/15/01 Monster W. Kung This movie fucking sucks. If anybody says different, I'm gonna kick his ass. 1 stars
4/02/01 Andrew Carden This is an extremly crappy movie. 1 stars
2/22/01 R.W. Welch Whatever they were trying for here, they missed it. 2 stars
2/13/01 Jake The horror. 1 stars
11/02/00 Elvisfan God I hate this movie with a passion! 1 stars
8/28/00 Chris Drake Not my idea of angels or even Midwesterners! Slow, strange, & irreverent 2 stars
3/05/00 Richard Wright A terrible film, no substance to it and its boring & sappy too. Avoid like the plague. 1 stars
1/24/99 Chloe Marie Elestenogoph (clatter@hotmail.com) I thought this really sucked. Besides being boring + cheesy, Travolt lame act, McDowell bad 2 stars
9/30/98 katherine i liked it a lot, but i hate emotional mush. 4 stars
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  25-Dec-1996 (PG)



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