Movie: Glengarry Glen Ross

Okay, so I really shouldn’t be reviewing this movie because at about the one hour mark I totally fell asleep. That’s what happens when your Infant Son keeps you up all night with the screaming and gnashing of gums. But hey – I can review it based on the first hour, and from what Denis told me this morning about how it ended.

So we watched “Glengarry Glen Ross” last night – a movie made several years ago about a bunch of sales guys who are told unceremoniously that they have 48 hours to close as as many deals as possible. Highest closer wins a Caddilac, the lowest gets fired.

The cast is amazing – Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Jack Lemmon, Ed Harris, Al Pacino, Jonathan Pryce, Alan Arkin. Alec Baldwin makes a single appearance in the beginning of the movie – the man that tells the sales guys in no uncertain terms that they should Always Be Closing. Except with a lot more cursing.

LOTS of cursing. Apparently playwright/screenwriter David Mamet really likes the F-word.

So yeah, I fell asleep about halfway through – about the time that Al Pacino had a lot of really long boring monologues that had nothing to do with the movie. I think Mamet smoked some pot around the time he got to these scenes because really they made no sense and ruined the story arc completely. And induced sleep.

This morning Denis told me how it ended, and it’s probably an ending I could have figured out easily enough. Pot smokers don’t tend to make things really complicated. They can barely find their keys.

1 1/2 sales leads out of five.

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  1. Pot smokers don’t tend to make things really complicated. They can barely find their keys.


    Normally Mamet’s movies don’t have that much of the F-word, so I wonder how much of that was added by the actors?

  2. I give it 3 and a half stars. I liked it. It’s a better movie when you don’t fall asleep. But I understand.

  3. Reading your review and then reading about your potential vacation to NOLA,it’s no surprise that you didn’t enjoy the movie- you are Jonathan Pryce in movie: the naive victim who gets scammed into an overpriced vacation/ timeshare from these slick salesmen. If you had stayed awake, you might have learned a lesson and wouldn’t have bothered with the brochure. Who’s the one smokin pot now?

  4. Mamet usings the f-word all the time. Check out some of his plays. Doing a Mamet show is like trying to do Shakespeare. Takes a lot of skill to pull it off. Sorry you found it boring!

  5. Mr. Mamet – for one thing we DIDN’T book the vacation because we DIDN’T get scammed. We asked pointed questions in order to determine if it was a scam first – and did NOT book it. If I was truly Jonathan Pryce I would have booked it gladly and handed Al Pacino my money. No naive victim here.

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