September 3, 2021

Santa Paula Cinema Society

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Friday Sep 3, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Imitation might be called the sincerest form of flattery, but the record of Hollywood biopics doesn’t supply a lot of evidence to support the old saying. Most of them take far too many liberties with both people and events to be seen as anything better than high-concept exploitations. (Witness Donald O’Conner as Buster Keaton if you can take it.) Fans of Laurel and Hardy were braced for the worst when Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly were cast as “the boys” in this 2018 film, but it turned out they were in good hands. The film is a warm (and no, not completely accurate) portrayal of the two film comedians at the end if their lives, enjoying the one last hurrah of a tour of Britain during the 1950’s. Coogan and Reilly accomplish far more than creating astonishing facsimiles, they and the screenplay find a way into the characters of the two men behind the comic masks, who couldn’t fully appreciate how important they were to each other during their heyday. The result is much better than it needed to be to satisfy L& H fans and turned out to be one of the more under-appreciated films of the last few years. (1:38) Free
740 E. Main St. Enter side door