Movie Monday

Tuesday, August 26th, 2003 | Film

I saw American Splendor last night, which I really liked. Harvey Pekar told his own story, and actors acted it out, mimicking the device of his comic books, telling his story through a representation of himself. It worked quite well, the actors were exaggerated just enough to distance themselves from the real people, and it was quite moving and very witty. On his first date with his future wife, he takes her back to his dump of a place. She shrugs and says “I’ve seen worse.” After their first kiss she runs to the bathroom to throw up, mistakes WD-40 for air freshener, and after he offers her some Chamomile tea, she emerges from the bathroon and says “Could we skip the courtship and just get married?”

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