The Canon 64 | 2/15/16
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Devin and Amy are going back to the 80's for another workplace romantic comedy. This week Devin nominates the 1987 James L. Brooks film Broadcast News to be entered into The Canon. The film stars Holly Hunter as Jane, an assertive television news producer, Albert Brooks as Aaron, a brilliant yet prickly reporter, and William Hurt as Tom, the charismatic but far less seasoned rival of Aaron. Listen to find out if Amy can find anything to like about the movie -- and head to the forums on Wolfpop to cast the deciding vote!


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dutchtilt
dutchtilt
9 posts

Amy is spot on about this film. It feels like it was whisked into the Criterion collection but nobody took the time to notice that it's not nearly as smart as it thinks it is or it really has a significant thing to say about the news, relationships or the idea of substance versus style.

A firm no to this overrated film with a fake tear in my eye.

dylanhaasign
dylanhaasign
11 posts

Yes, this movie should be in the Canon.
I agree that this movie is superior to Working Girl (and I voted "yes" on Working Girl primarily because Amy convinced me that it had more going on and was more important than I originally - apparently mine was the tipping vote for that movie...)

Love hearing you two disagree so fervently.

thefallll
thefallll
2 posts

Yes, it goes in the canon. I think Amy didn't like it because she's such a Jane herself.

bsanks
bsanks
1 posts

No way. I agree with Amy. The end is a mess, even Brooks admitted it afterward. Most Brooks movies seem messy to me and are quotable but plotless.

jeves23
jeves23
8 posts

It's a soft No from me - I liked the film well enough. It was cute and funny and entertaining, but didn't offer anything that I thought was Canon worthy.