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by Greg Muskewitz

"Losing focus."
2 stars

Greg Kinnear stars as Bob Crane, star of the concentration camp comedy series “Hogan’s Heroes” in Paul Schrader’s latest film, chronicling the somewhat controversial lifestyle the actor led.

That, if you didn’t already know (and really, who would expect you to), was Crane’s growing insatiability for sex (“A day without sex is a day wasted”). Married, and with children, after the failure of the short-run “The Donna Reed Show” and during his days as a disc jockey, Crane’s success comes with “Hogan’s Heroes.” With that, however, begins the start of his decline, as the friendship between he and John Carpenter, a purveyor of the budding video technology, becomes mutually beneficial. Although Crane brings in the women, Carpenter’s access to the evolving technological scene allows Crane to abandon his pastime of photographing nudes in order to film his own pornography. Marriage number one ends, and he’s on to the second, with a co-star from his show. The introductory inspection of Crane, the initial observation, begins well. There is not so much a mood set as there is a consistent tone of 1960s sitcoms bled into the movie. The look and feel blandly suggest a generic imitation, a neighborhood right out of “Leave It to Beaver,” with Kinnear mistakenly trying to mimic the “wholesomeness” of a Matthew Broderick or a Kevin Spacey. Not altogether solid, the accomplishment of the prefatory act at least established and put forth the method of Crane’s investigation. As the star’s luminescence dims (he is reduced to performing dinner theatre) and his polyamory progressively dominates, Schrader’s tendency to play sympathetic exploiter, stiffly manifesting neither sorrow/regret nor judgment, winds up removing any structure exhibited earlier. Schrader’s insouciance allows the movie to crumble from the inside, out — otherwise, the indifference of Bob Crane’s character turns to trivialized unconcern. A hollow core only prepones the inevitable cave-in.

With Willem Dafoe and Rita Wilson.

[Not to be bothered with.]

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originally posted: 12/19/03 22:01:24
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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Sydney Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Sydney Film Festival series, click here.

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3/18/14 Ofmnzhuz This is perhaps the best selling female artist from Barbados to receive Jesus. White and se 2 stars
2/13/14 WDXsCnPgcSFqvb sverige.txt;1 3 stars
9/04/09 RLan Good performance by Kinnear but the movie could have been better. 3 stars
10/28/04 ODH This flicks was funny and at the same time well acted. Bob Crane was one sick puppy!!! 4 stars
5/28/04 Suzette Kinnear was fantasitc!! 5 stars
2/23/04 tatum Supporting cast disappears, but Kinnear and Dafoe are excellent 4 stars
1/24/04 Patricia Rohr Great Performances. A film about a guy who used his position to get laid. 4 stars
1/11/04 Atanu Great review by chris parry 4 stars
1/08/04 Jack Sommersby Watchable, but there's no essential view of the material. 2 stars
10/17/03 Jinnvisible I asked for my money back at the video rental store,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and they gave it back!!!! 1 stars
9/13/03 Ant A genuinely interesting study of a man's rise a fall. Kinnear is brilliant. 4 stars
6/24/03 quasi Don't bother unless you are seriously bored. 3 stars
4/28/03 Andrew Carden Kinnear Is Amazing, Dafoe Provides Great Support. Delightful. 5 stars
4/03/03 The Good Crane Son Yeah, not too INTERESTING per se, but perfect acting and lots of celeb taboo is always fun 5 stars
3/16/03 Paul Coleman Yes....John Carpenter murdered Bob Crane. Great performances. 4 stars
11/15/02 Robert Scott Crane Boring. Innacurate. Waste of Time. 2 stars
11/10/02 Mipchunk Interesting movie but it feels just like a biography, nothing really to learn from it. 3 stars
11/09/02 spaceworm Ick! 4 stars
11/08/02 Suzz good performances; great study of the slippery slope to depravity 5 stars
11/02/02 rue the whirl fascinating story. 4 stars
10/24/02 Gobblygook I enjoyed this movie. Performances were great. Much funnier than intense though. 5 stars
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  18-Oct-2002 (R)



Directed by
  Paul Schrader

Written by
  Paul Schrader

  Greg Kinnear
  Willem Dafoe
  Maria Bello
  Kurt Fuller
  Rita Wilson
  Lyle Kanouse

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