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Let It Ride

My mother loves Richard Dreyfuss. I’m always like, “Ugh! That guy! I can’t stand that guy.” Then we watch one of his movies and I love it, and I love him in it. I’ve finally managed to form the habit of reminding myself that, no, I do not dislike Richard Dreyfuss, I love Richard Dreyfuss. Why I have this visceral reaction against him, I do not know, since I love everything I’ve ever seen him in.

Let It Ride is totally one of my favorite movies. It’s one of those “sad sack” movies, where a little nothing of a guy, kind of a screw-up, is the lead character. You identify with him because he’s just a guy. You know he’s riding for a fall, because that’s what happens to guys like him. But there’ll be kind of a bittersweet thing, you expect, that’ll help him deal with the fact that Fate kicked him in the can again, just like it always does.

Lemme tell you sumpin: Watch this movie.

You’re welcome.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character grudgingly changes his or her opinion about something or someone.

MA

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A Movie That Makes Me Happy — 8 Comments

  1. I’ve never seen your cited movie, nor even -ahem- ever heard of it. I find R.D. to be among the last actors I would go see a movie for. But I know what you mean. He’s brilliant!
    I loved the ransom of Red Chief type movie he did with Bette Midler. Gosh, how swell was that? But I especially love, I think it was Tootsie?, where he was a struggling actor given the task of playing Richard III as a super-gay, hugely hump-backed, something else here, twit in an off-off-Broadway production. I didn’t even wonder how one would play that. I thought the orders from the director were the joke. But then, they actually showed Dreyfus’ performance on stage giving a soliloquy as the main characters attended. It was just one speech, but I am here to tell you, it was BRILLIANT! He took that ridiculous description and gave a swishing, heartfelt speech. Astounding!

    • Absolutely! I don’t know why I’m so resistant to him. I STILL AM, even though I know I love his work. I just have to let my head rule my heart. I find that letting my head rule my heart is, despite what they tell you on television, usually a pretty good idea. Because why? Because my heart doesn’t have any BRAINS is why.

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  2. Let It Ride is one of those underrated movies that people didn’t see because it didn’t do well at the box office. Richard Dreyfuss is a great actor but I think his voice turns people off.

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