Words Of One Syllabus

THE FISHER KING Directed by Terry Gilliam; Screenplay by Richard LaGravenese

The school year has just started, and already we're getting tired of the lessons movies have to teach. For most of the summer, a season that should provide a vacation from the heavy hand of pedagogy, moviegoers have been pummeled with do-gooder didacticism. Calves are good (City Slickers). So are dogs (101 Dalmatians). Men, of course, are baaad (Terminator 2, Thelma & Louise), unless they are ghetto fathers (Boyz N the Hood), in which case women are bad. Physicians need remedial courses in niceness (The Doctor, Doc Hollywood). And lawyers,...

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