The Guys In telling the story of Joan (Sigourney Weaver), a Manhattan journalist who helps a fire captain (Anthony LaPaglia) compose eulogies for some of the eight… The Guys In telling the story of Joan (Sigourney Weaver), a Manhattan journalist who helps a fire captain (Anthony LaPaglia) compose eulogies for some of the eight… 2003-03-28 2002-12-13 PG Unrated PT88M Drama Anthony LaPaglia Sigourney Weaver Charlotte Simpson Jim Simpson Irene Walsh Focus Features
Movie Review

The Guys (2002)

MPAA Rating: Unrated, PG
Sigourney Weaver, The Guys | A 'GUYS' THING Weaver makes her writing face
Image credit: The Guys: Robin Holland
A 'GUYS' THING Weaver makes her writing face
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Mar 28, 2003; Limited Release: Dec 13, 2002; Rateds: PG, Unrated; Length: 88 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Anthony LaPaglia and Sigourney Weaver; Distributor: Focus Features

In telling the story of Joan (Sigourney Weaver), a Manhattan journalist who helps a fire captain (Anthony LaPaglia) compose eulogies for some of the eight men in his company who died on Sept. 11, playwright Anne Nelson drew on her own experiences. Her work, directed on stage by Jim Simpson and here shaped by him into a small, heartfelt film, was one of the first artistic responses to the engulfing tragedy, and it's ardent with a desire to mourn the dead and bond with the living. In the character of the journalist, however -- an upper-middle-class woman of taste and self-regard who'd otherwise be at home in a Nora Ephron movie -- a distracting narcissism often gets in the way of the honorable intentions. Every time the camera pulls in close while Joan composes speeches based on the captain's recollections of his ''guys,'' the mood of compassion is interrupted by Weaver's typing face, signifying how cathartic it is to write on an iMac.

Originally posted Mar 28, 2003 Published in issue #703 Apr 04, 2003 Order article reprints
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