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4.29

Awesome: 33.33%
Worth A Look61.9%
Average: 4.76%
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Total Crap: 0%

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World According to Garp, The
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by Thom

"Can't speak. Bad Man cut out my tongue."
4 stars

Robin Williams and Glenn Close play quirky mother and son. Based on the novel by John Irving. Jenny Garp doesn't understand lust or even sexuality so when she wanted to have a child she found a very pragmatic way of fertilizing herself. And then Garp was born.

Jenny's unconventionality extends to the people she cares for professionally ; people on the margins of society who are trying to understand their place in a world with too few categories.

At times funny and light and other times tense and strained. The World According to Garp is a complicated story about love and betrayal, healing and good intentions, fanaticism and strength of character when one's view of the world is a challenge to the majority.

In a way, its also about innocence and experience and the tragedies and joys of existance.

As in .. its a tragedy we exist at all. it is a joy we exist at all.

see. complicated.

This film always makes me think of Catcher in the Rye. Holden Caulfield is a little like Jenny Garp if Jenny were a surly bastard. The similarities between Holden's world view and Garp's (because of Jenny) are very similar. Life is a journey. Love is an exploration. Being one part of pioneer and one part sceptic is what life is all about for them. If everything is absurd, may as well do what makes sense to you, personally, rather than simply try to fit in for the sake of normalcy.

John Lithgow as a transexual makes this film worth watching.

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User Comments

2/21/17 William Broadshaft 4 stars
1/09/15 PAUL SHORTT ABSORBING, FUNNY ADAPTATION WITH GOOD PERFORMANCES 4 stars
10/05/05 Jesse Taylor Not as great as the book, but both Close and Lithgow's performances highlight this movie. 4 stars
3/01/05 Ando incredible - one of williams' best 5 stars
3/26/03 Jack Sommersby A profoundly touching masterpiece. Flawlessly acted and sharply directed. 5 stars
10/14/02 Charles Tatum A great movie that will take a few days to shake 5 stars
8/31/02 TheChronic interesting movie. early williams in a drama. loved it. 5 stars
8/30/02 owenmeany2 charming and gripping with a brilliant sense of flow. no masterpiece, "just" a good film. 4 stars
7/12/02 Kyle Nordberg Easily the best performance by RW. And John Lithgow makes the movie. Outstanding!! 5 stars
10/27/01 Bottels This is the best film ever made! 5 stars
10/12/01 Thomas Ramirez one of my favorite movies 4 stars
9/29/01 Chris Huntington I never get tired of the characters Irving creates. 5 stars
5/22/01 T Fillmore it is entertaining, but leaves you feeling you have missed something in spots 3 stars
4/05/01 Thomas Rachal Love the Transexual in it. The Movie is about Terrribly Sexy Grap Robin Williams. ok Film 4 stars
3/14/00 Nolan Wrage Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  02-Dec-1982 (R)

UK
  N/A

Australia
  02-Mar-1983


Directed by
  George Roy Hill

Written by
  Steve Tesich

Cast
  Robin Williams
  Mary Beth Hurt
  Glenn Close
  John Lithgow
  Hume Cronyn
  Jessica Tandy



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