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The Blues Brothers
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Directed By
John Landis

Written By:
John Landis, Dan Aykroyd

Cast:
Murphy Dunne, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Henry Gibson, Aretha Franklin, Carrie Fisher, John Candy, Kathleen Freeman, Steven Williams, Charles Napier, Stephen Bishop

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The Blues Brothers (1980)
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Movie Review by Zara
March 12th, 2007

Sorry Jeff, it still wasn't a 5 star affair for me

I watched this movie for the first time when I was actually quite young. My dad was a big fan of the movie, and I remember that we had it on VHS tape at one point. Since he never had a lot of personal time away from work and this was the only tape that he managed to watch more than once, I understood it to be important to him. However, at (I'm guessing) the age of 10, the movie just didn't sink in for me.

Years later I meet someone who proclaims this to be his favorite movie of all time. He insists that I need to give it another go and update my opinion on the movie and then inform him of it. I say I will, but shortly forget about it. A couple weeks later I'm standing in the video store, looking through the catalog sections when of all the movies for my (then) 5 year old to pick up, it's this movie.

I held off letting her watch it for awhile, not sure if I remembered correctly if it would be something that she would like. When we did sit down to watch it, she became immediately taken with the movie, dancing around and declaring that Jake Blues was "da cool brudda."

When we visited Universal Studios not too long ago, she insisted taking her picture next to the Blue Mobile and even froze in the presence of the fake Jake Blues that they have at their little musical revival.

I, myself, found the music to be top-notch, much of what saves the movie from being an exclusionary comedy meant to appeal solely to men. Misogynistic most of the time, with the female characters left in the dust so that the men can go off and act like fools, I can understand how this was geared to be a man's flick.

However, I can't deny that I laughed my ass off at the scene with the penguin or delighted in seeing how moved by the film that my young daughter was. Hell, if she likes it, I'm probably just looking at it the wrong way. Sometimes you have to step in close for a film. Sometimes you just have to accept it for what it brings to you.

Plus the cameo by Steven Speilberg is just priceless.

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