(1988) from Tuna
|High Spirits is a PG-13 "Peter O'Toole as
lovable suicidal drunk" comedy.
None. The good news is that Tilly, D'Angelo,
Hannah and Booth all have pokies, see-throughs and cleavage,
with Tilly being the least exposed of the four.
|O'Toole is facing foreclosure on his
ancestral Irish castle/hotel, and hits upon the scheme of claiming it is
haunted to attract tourists. Among the guests are Jennifer Tilly, Steve
Guttenberg and wife Beverly D'Angelo (daughter of the man wanting to
foreclose on the castle), and Connie Booth, along with her husband and
kids. Booth's husband is a parapsychologist. It doesn't take long for
him to figure out that O'Toole is using cheap tricks with his staff to
give ghost illusions. Then Guttenberg meets ghost Daryl Hannah, and
falls in love with her. Seems the castle is chuck full of ghosts,
including O'Toole's father, who has a very real relationship with
O'Toole's living mother.
DVD info from Amazon.
The DVD is a beautiful
transfer, a huge surprise after weak VHS releases.
Full-screen format, and a widescreen anamorphic version (1.85)
If all this sounds silly, the film just gets sillier as
it goes along. Call me sick and twisted, by I have always liked this
film a lot. Of course it can't be taken seriously, but I am a sucker
for O'Toole's drunk act, and am a huge fan of the actresses.
- with their dollars: it did $8.6 million
in the USA
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description,
sentimental O'Toole comedies are nearly a genre
to themselves, and this is a very good example of that genre, so
C is the correct grade.
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