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- 1 hr 31 min
"Crazy People" is a 1990 American comedy film that stars British actor Dudley Moore, American actress Daryl Hannah and comedian Paul Reiser. Directed by Tony Bill, the film was written by Mitch Markowitz and produced by Jon Peters. The story follows a successful advertising executive named Emory Leeson (Dudley Moore) who after having a nervous breakdown, is committed to a mental institution. While there, he meets a group of patients who are all, in his opinion, saner than the people in his workplace. The patients are all brutally honest about their opinions, which Leeson finds refreshing. He even finds himself inviting some of them to come work for his company. With their help, Leeson and his new colleagues create some of the most unique and attention-grabbing advertisements that his company has ever produced.
The movie's plot involves a number of different subplots such as Leeson's rocky relationship with his love interest Kathy Burgess (Daryl Hannah) who is also his colleague at the advertising agency. There is also a love triangle involving Leeson, Burgess, and Reiser's character, Stephen Bachman, the agency's caddish creative director. Amidst all this drama, Leeson and his new colleagues succeed in creating an ad campaign that is raw, honest, and undeniably funny.
The movie is filled with satire and parodies of ad campaigns of the time. It also explores the norms of the advertising industry and how it influences public perception. While most of the portrayals are humorous, they also serve as commentary on the ridiculousness of advertising. One of the campaign slogans that emerges from the mental institution is "Jaguar - For men who'd like hand-jobs from beautiful women they hardly know."
The movie's biggest strength lies in the actors' performances. Dudley Moore, who had previously starred in hits such as "10" and "Arthur," delivers a great performance as the plucky Leeson, who turns his life around with a little help from his new friends. Daryl Hannah, who had previously appeared in "Splash" and "Wall Street" is charming as Burgess, who is conflicted about her feelings for Leeson. Paul Reiser is hilarious as the smarmy director who Leeson is competing against.
Another standout performance is that of J.T. Walsh, who plays Drucker, Leeson's calculating and manipulative boss. Drucker is a typical corporate villain, who is only interested in profits and has no qualms about using underhanded tactics to achieve his goals.
The film's pacing is fast, witty and sharply executed. The humor is offbeat and edgy, which adds to the movie's appeal. The movie's strength lies in its unapologetic honesty about human nature, which is rare for a Hollywood comedy. The humor is fresh and unpredictable, and fans of subversive comedies will enjoy it.
However, for all its strengths, the movie has some weaknesses as well. The plot can feel disjointed at times, with the various subplots struggling to come together. The love triangle subplot also feels forced and underdeveloped, and doesn't add much to the story. The insights about the advertising industry could have been explored further.
All in all, "Crazy People" is a fun and enjoyable comedy that is worth watching. It is not a masterpiece by any means, but it is a movie that has its heart in the right place. It pokes fun at advertising and corporate culture, but also celebrates the ability of people to come together and create something unique and special. The movie was a box office success and received positive reviews at the time of its release.
Crazy People is a 1990 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 31 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.0 and a MetaScore of 42.