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Bulworth
(1997)
Reviewed by Patrick Brogan
Rating: 9 Beans

on't get me wrong, I enjoy Warren Beatty's work.
I think "BONNIE & CLYDE" is a great film, as so is "REDS." I even enjoyed "DICK TRACY" a bit, (thanks
to Mr. Pacino). However, what was Warren Beatty been thinking lately? First, four years ago, he remakes a film that's been remade three times and casts his wife as the leading lady (LOVE AFFAIR). Now he goes political with his newest piece of trash called "BULWORTH."
Before I saw this movie, I was thinking, "this movie looks horrible." Then when I heard that it was getting strong critical support, I thought, "it might no be that bad." When I was watching it, my mind said, "it's worse than I thought."
Warren Beatty plays Sen. Jay Bulworth, a man who has a nervous mental breakdown, so he hires a hit man to assassinate him so Bulworth's 17 year old daughter can collect his $6 million dollar insurance claim. Since Bulworth knows that he has little time left in his life, he decides to tell the truth in politics to the public. This is where the film slightly works.
Bulworth goes to a African-American church and explains on why their community isn't getting any powerful support. Then he tells an room full of studio executives on why recent Hollywood films, stink. Word to the wise Beatty, "thou shall not throw stones at a glass house."
Beatty's film does stink, first he's critizing the black life-style and community, then he turns around, falls in love with one of them (a not-too pretty Halle Berry), and starts rapping like them?!?!?
BULWORTH is a very racial movie, it's just that too many people are either too blind or dumb to realize it.
First, if you're a black person in the film BULWORTH, you're either: 1.) Intelligent (Halle Berry) 2.)Sincere (Halle Berry's family) 3.)"Hip-hopping" fun (Berry's freinds) 4.)Cruel, then kind and understanding (Don Chadle) 5.) Loving famliy that stays together (Berry's famiy)
Second, if you're white in BULWORTH you're either:
1.) Drug addicted (Oliver Platt) 2.)Adulterer (Christine Baranski) 3.) Greedy (Paul Sorvino)
4.) Stupid (Joshua Malina) 5.) Naive (all of the white cast). Beatty has all the white character's stereotyped, why? It's bad enough that filmmakers stereotype other races, why just add gasoline on the fire?
The element that breaks the straw on the camel's back for BULWORTH is Warren Beatty rapping. Personally, rap music is just another form of music for industries to cash in on more money. But, to hear Mr. Beatty rap, is as bad as seeing Whitney Houston act. Beatty, leave the rapping to the "artists" and keep on doing the acting, rap isn't a creative field to go into. To show how weak the creativity that rap music has, the performers Pras Michel, Ol' Dirty Bastard, and Mya perform "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" is another popular rap song stealing a famous melody (Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton's "Island In the Streams"). It's sad to see that feature generations are losing their creative talent, and stealing it from other performers. And this movie doesn't help, Jay Bulworth acts like Jack Nicholson's character from "AS GOOD AS IT GETS."
The only thing that saves this movie from being the worst movie of the year is the very beautiful score performed by the great Ennio Morricone (spaghetti western music fame). Listen to this beautiful music while watching this movie is like listening to Beethoven, while looking at a garbage dump. This film is an example to not listen to the critics and go see another movie. My god, even "GODZILLA" was more entertaining, and I didn't like that film as well!






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