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Scent of a Woman
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Directed By
Martin Brest

Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, James Rebhorn, Gabrielle Anwar, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Venture, Bradley Whitford, Rochelle Oliver, Frances Conroy, Ron Eldard, Tom Riis Farrell, Margaret Eginton

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Scent of a Woman (1992)
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Movie Review by Zara
November 7th, 2007

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There are some movies that I start thinking about right about this time of year, when the studios are pushing their dramatic trailers and trying to showcase what great performances certain actors/actresses are giving in them. It reminds me of movies like this one.

Not really a comedy (although it's got its laughs) and not really a drama (although it's got its monologues), it's pretty much all over the map. And not in the best of senses. Chris O'Donnell, Dog Bless the kid, no matter how much he screws up a movie he always looks so apologetic that you have to forgive him. I think his big dog eyes as he attempts to do the right thing for a man who is essentially an irredeemable bastard, is what makes this movie soft in other people's eyes.

Honestly, I liked the character that Pacino chews through enough that I did his monologue ("Nah.... I'm just gettin' warmed up!") for my drama class that year in university. But young people are easy to impress. Once you hit middle age you get to see these f*cks for what they really are - the ungrateful bastards who think that the world owes them.

Much of the element of being a veteran is thrown out there for people to have sympathy for this aggressive and mean people, but I say this - long before there was a draft, young men volunteered to go to war, their heads filled with ignorant words from ignorant politicians. These are the same men who as schoolboys would bully and taunt those who were attempting to disagree with the standardized way of life in just doing what you're told. Well, guess those kids were right, and the world is still full of bullies.

Some great performances, sure. But as a whole, it's lousy with unneeded and unwarranted sentimentality.

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