In the category of Trailing Edge Film Reviews, I rented The People I Know, a 2002 movie starring Al Pacino, Kim Basinger and Tea Leoni (and back from the dead, Ryan O’Neal).
If I wanted to knock it, I could say that it was just Pacino doing a remake of Carlito’s Way set in the Upper West Side. And that point is indisputable.
But the film has depth, with the usual great performance by Al, a very endearing Kim (she can do this childlike smile that makes you feel glad to be alive) and Tea at her most magnificent – now that is one underrated actress, always solid at minimum, often inspired.
What stands out for Republican types is the relentless scourging of all the liberal totems. Come to think of it, perhaps that accounts for its laggardness at the box office.