Ok, so first up was Rain Man. I had no idea what this film was about. Not a clue. So it started off with Tom Cruise in his seemingly obligatory rich brat role. Obnoxious to say the least. When his estranged father dies he meets his previously unknown autistic brother Raymond. They go off on an unlikely road trip and Tom Cruise turns out to be nice after all. It’s a predictable plot line but the film is very good. Lots of laugh out loud moments. Several “Oh no, please don’t” moments (casino!) but a thoroughly enjoyable film. Mark tells me that Dustin Hoffman got an Oscar for his performance as Raymond and I’d say it was well deserved.
Two days later Footloose appeared in the post. Mark had no desire to watch this one again so I put it on while he was out. You’ll not be surprised to read that I had no idea what this was about. In my mind it was like a version of Fame with Kevin Bacon! It wasn’t quite like that but basically city-boy groover Kevin moved to the arse-end of beyond where dancing (along with most other things) was against the law. The town preacher patrolled the streets making sure no-one broke the rules. Unfortunately his daughter was colluding with said groover to put on a town dance. There is the usual, predictable small-town meat-head who resents the new-comer and various scuffles contrive against Kevin in his quest to dance. I’ll leave it up to you to guess as to whether he gets his happy ending….