In the world according to the Unenthusiastic Critic, she wouldn’t have to watch The World According to Garp (1982).
Partially in honor of Glenn Close’s seventh Oscar nomination, and partially because Michael became weirdly obsessed with this movie as a boy, we’re sitting down for Nakea’s first viewing of George Roy Hill’s adaptation of John Irving’s best-selling novel, starring Robin Williams, Glenn Close, Mary Beth Hurt, and John Lithgow.
Join us for a surly conversation about obsolete home video formats, second-wave feminism, trans representation, and white middle-class suburban angst, as Michael tries (and utterly fails) to justify making Nakea watch this movie.
0:00: Prologue: from The World According to Garp
0:36: Cultural Osmosis: Pre-Viewing Discussion
17:03: Interlude: Original Trailer
18:50: The Verdict: Post-Viewing Discussion
57:39: Outro and Next Week’s Movie
Notes and Links
—Movie Reviewed: The World According to Garp (dir. George Roy Hill, Warner Bros, 1982)
—Links and Resources: Reviews by Roger Ebert (rogerebert.com), Bruce McCabe (Boston Globe), Janet Maslin (New York Times), and Pauline Kael; John Irving discusses adapting Garp for HBO on his website; John Irving interview with Tom Power (CBC Radio).
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