8:00 PM, 27th August, 2005
Directed by the co-writer/director of About a Boy, In Good Company is a lighthearted flick - but don't go expecting it to be a comedy. In fact, it's been dubbed a "dramedy" - a cool word explaining a comedy with dramatic moments.
Dan Foreman (Quaid) is an advertising boss who has it all - a loving family, good job and a happy life-. Until Carter Duryea (Grace) enters his life. Carter gets the position of boss, demoting Foreman-. But the worst is yet to come when Carter starts dating Foreman's daughter Alex (Johanssen).
I enjoyed this movie - it was a light movie, but with a story line to it. I guess I should say that the story had a heart. Every once in a while we need a light movie with a story line and I would definitely recommend In Good Company.
10:00 PM, 27th August, 2005
C.R.Macnamara (Cagney) is a fast-talking executive for the Coca-Cola company who is sent to East Berlin to sell the product to the Communists. He hopes for a promotion that would place him in charge of Coca-Cola's European operations, but in the mean time he is required to baby-sit the boss's daughter, 17-year old Scarlett (Tiffin). Trouble ensues when Scarlett secretly marries Otto Piffl (Buchholz), an East German Communist who hates Coke and everything it represents. When the boss arrives in Berlin, Macnamara has hours to turn Piffl into an acceptable son-in-law for the boss.
Billy Wilder's anarchic comedy takes pot shots at everything: Communism, capitalism, Coca-Cola, bureaucracy, popular music, middle-aged lust, Germany's war past and anything else that comes into range. The film was made at a time when tension between East and West was at a high point (the Berlin Wall was built while the movie was being shot) and Wilder's appropriate style is manic farce (with an inspired use of Khachaturian's "Sabre Dance"). The gags come thick and fast and even if a few miss there are so many more that it doesn't matter. The film's final gag is every bit as funny as the final punch-line in Wilder's Some Like it Hot.