Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 5 (May 30, 1997)

Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 5 (May 30, 1997)

This weekend sees the much anticipated release of DCEU’s Wonder Woman. It enters the marketplace riding a wave of hot buzz, strong reviews (check back for my take), and idiotic controversies over some woman-only screenings at Alamo Drafthouse. Oh, and Captain Underpants is also being released.

May 30, 1997

Big News Story: Mariah Carey and her record exec husband, Tommy Mottola, announce they are separating. They were married in 1993.



Stars: Joe Pesci, Danny Glover, Rosanna Arquette

Director: Christopher Cain

IMDB Synopsis: Two fishing fanatics get in trouble when their fishing boat gets stolen while on a trip.

Budget: $53M

Domestic Box Office: $19.7M

Worldwide Box Office: N/A

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 4%

IMDB User Rating: 4.7/10

Critics Consensus: Sloppy, formulaic, and unfunny, Gone Fishin’ marks a painful low point in the careers of its two talented leads.

What I Said Then: The trailers did not show much promise, but hey – I liked Pesci and Glover in the Lethal Weapon movies. Maybe some of that chemistry will translate to this comedy, right? Wrong. I hated this movie at first sight. It is insultingly dumb and unfunny. The critical pans were spot-on.

What I Say Now: I haven’t seen it since, but J.J. Abrams is credited as a co-writer. I mean, what?!!! That discovery alone makes me kind of want to revisit this one. Then again, nah. I’ll just re-watch Lethal Weapon 3 instead.



Stars: Michael Richards, Jeff Daniels, Charlize Theron

Director: Jonathan Lynn

IMDB Synopsis: An actor poses as a lawyer to help his sick friend, and problems develop.

Budget: $25M

Domestic Box Office: $13.6M

Worldwide Box Office: $14.6M

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 43%

IMDB User Rating: 5.7/10

Critics Consensus: Most critics and audiences compared it unfavorably to the director’s earlier critically and commercially successful courtroom comedy My Cousin Vinny.

What I Said Then: Whoa, cool. Seinfeld’s Kramer + Dumb & Dumber’s Harry in a comedy from the director of My Cousin Vinny? Sign me up! Too bad it’s just a mildly diverting, wholly forgettable movie. As good as he is on TV, Michael Richards is not quite movie star material. Solid premise but fails to mine much in the way of successful humor from it.

What I Say Now: This is like some early precursor to Rob Lowe’s The Grinder – a much better realization of the same concept.

'TIL THERE WAS YOU, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Jennifer Aniston, 1997

‘TIL THERE WAS YOU, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Jennifer Aniston, 1997


Stars: Dylan McDermott, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston

Director: Scott Winant

IMDB Synopsis: Two strangers, whose paths are always crossing, finally meet when fate steps in.

Budget: $10M

Domestic Box Office: $3.5M

Worldwide Box Office: N/A

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 5%

IMDB User Rating: 4.8/10

Critics Consensus: Utterly bereft of romance or humor, ‘Til There Was You is a singularly misguided attempt at romantic comedy.

What I Said Then: This was at the early height of my Friends’ fandom, so I would have seen anything that Jennifer Aniston was in. Too bad she’s relegated to a very minor supporting turn here. I usually like romantic comedies, but this one’s just a dud.

What I Say Now: I could not tell you one single thing that happens in this movie. I have zero memory of ever having seen it, even though I know that I did. What a nothingburger of a movie. And, honestly, what a weak-ass summer weekend when you look at all 3 of these movies. I’ll take Wonder Woman and Captain Underpants any year over this dreck.


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