The White River Kid ~ A Dark Comedy (Lean-N-Mean2)
Dec 11, 2003
Review by drdevience
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Bob Hoskins, Banderas
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I saw The White River Kid sitting in the comedy section at Blockbuster and almost passed it by. Glad I went back to look again.
While I would not personally classify this as a strict comedy, it does have it's moments. Mainly it's a bit dark though. That's ok, I like dark. Bob Hoskins plays a con man turned holy man... he's still selling socks, but now he doesn't have to pay all the fees that go with it. His side-kick is Antonio Banderas, a neer-do-well wetback that starts off seeming endearing, but has a very dark side to him.
Along the way they hook up with The White River Kid and his girlfriend, and life gets turned upside down. The kid, you see, is a very wanted killer. Hoskins decides to save him, forget that he isn't really a monk...
Hoskins is perfect in his role. The eye rolls, con games, and confusion are just delightful. Banderas just cuts loose in his role and has an outright blast. Now, I prefer him with long hair, but he's still not too hard on the eyes even with it cut short. You either love him or you hate him. I'm in the former camp.
Wes Bentley (Four Feathers, American Beauty)is the Kid... and believably so. He's none to bright, but cross him and he'll take you out without thinking. Those eyes say it all. Great job here. Just about perfect in fact.
We've also got Beau Bridges running around as the backwoods hick, Daddy Weed; Ellen Barkin as the blind town hooker; Swoosie Kurtz as Momma Weed, who was cured of her cancer by praying to Elvis; and Randy Travis as Sheriff Becker, who just wants to get re-elected.
What a bunch! They all play well together, though I could have done without hearing the same song by Travis play over and over again in the background..
Called simply White River on the cover, this one is Rated R for violence and language. Well... I'm saying 14 and up, and doubt younger kids would come away harmed. I mean really... Yes there are several racial slurs used here, but mostly they are used in a friendly manner, really. You would have to see it to understand what I mean.
It's not a bad little flick. It's not supposed to be anything other than dark fun. If you liked Just Cause or The Mambo Kings, you should enjoy this too. Arne Glimcher directed all three.
I enjoyed it. 4 stars for Hoskins and party.
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