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Jackie Brown
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Directed By
Quentin Tarantino

Written By:
Quentin Tarantino

Pam Grier, Robert Forster, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, Michael Bowen, Chris Tucker, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr., Hattie Winston, Aimee Graham, Sid Haig

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Jackie Brown (1997)
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Movie Review by Charity
September 3rd, 2007

No, Not Quite: Make it Snappier!

I know that Quentin Tarantino inspires many to be hard-core fans. Those that love him typically LOVE him and his work. I get that.

However, this movie does not live up to its potential. You know in Get Shorty, when Gene Hackman tells Travolta's Chili Palmer that his story about Leo is maybe half a movie? That's what happened here. There was maybe enough story to make 40 minutes of screen time. This script added sufficiently enough boring, wordy dialogue to warrant a full-length movie. But the cost to my viewing enjoyment was too much to bear. It's been ages since a movie tried to put me to sleep, but this one gave a good run for it.

It's too bad, too. I like Elmore Leonard's stuff--great characters, snappy phrases, a consistent world in which to immerse oneself. And I usually would credit Tarantino for being able to convert snappy novel dialogue into snappy screenplay dialogue. Didn't happen here.

This movie had great actors (Grier was great in the title role, Samuel L Jackson, De Niro, Bridget Fonda, and Michael Keaton--all fabulous!). The movie had a great look. Definitely put one in the right time frame and place, without feeling too much like an actual period piece. I even (nearly) always love LA movies, having adopted it as my home of choice. But the pacing of the story was so incredibly slow that I really didn't care what happened to anyone in the story. I didn't care who lived or died. I didn't care what happened to the money or any of it. There was so much talkie-talkie that it was all I could do to make it to the end.

Running time on this was 2 hr, 34 min, and I felt every single moment of it, and then some.

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