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Smelly Fish?

One reason we elders are staying home is that so many modern movies are written for 14-year-olds with dirty minds. A typical example is “A Fish Called Wanda,” nominated for three Oscars. It turned out to be on the intellectual level of the Three Stooges, but with less humor and considerably less taste: An elderly lady has a heart attack when the last of her three pet small dogs is killed; a man is tortured while the torturer eats his pet goldfish; there is simulated sexual intercourse and incessant use of four-letter words.

If we elders could find intelligent movies, accurately evaluated by critics and Oscar voters, we would be happy to return to the movie theaters without being bribed by half-price tickets.

STANLEY SAPIRO

Malibu

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