Movie Review: 'The Hudsucker Proxy' (1994) 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… PG PG-13 Comedy Jennifer Jason Leigh Paul Newman Tim Robbins Charles Durning Anna Nicole Smith
Movie Review

Movie Review: 'The Hudsucker Proxy' (1994)

MPAA Rating: PG-13, PG
EW's GRADE
C

Details Rateds: PG, PG-13; Genre: Comedy; With: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Newman and Tim Robbins

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+

Originally posted Nov 18, 1994 Published in issue #249 Nov 18, 1994 Order article reprints