Movie Review: 'The Hudsucker Proxy' | EW.com

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The Hudsucker Proxy Touted as a potential commercial breakthrough for filmmaking siblings Joel and Ethan Coen, Proxy instead flopped utterly and landed them...The Hudsucker ProxyComedy Touted as a potential commercial breakthrough for filmmaking siblings Joel and Ethan Coen, Proxy instead flopped utterly and landed them...1994-11-18Charles DurningAnna Nicole SmithCharles Durning, Anna Nicole Smith
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The Hudsucker Proxy

Genre: Comedy; Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Newman, Tim Robbins, Charles Durning, Anna Nicole Smith; Director: Joel Coen; Author: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Touted as a potential commercial breakthrough for filmmaking siblings Joel and Ethan Coen, Proxy instead flopped utterly and landed them beer-commercial gigs. Oops. Just because they were spending money raised by class-hungry producer Joel Silver (the Lethal Weapon franchise) doesn’t mean they were thinking of the masses; they lavished the green on eclectic art direction and up-to-the-minute effects for this comic fantasia, which follows a small-town boy who makes good in the big city by inventing the Hula-Hoop. While the stylistic affectations were grating on theater screens, at home they come across as droll idiosyncracies, making this faux-Sturges chronicle of nincompoop Robbins’ improbable corporate splash a more than diverting rental. B+

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