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Mailroom clerk Norville Barnes is a rube, a schmo, a grade-A ding-dong – just what Hudsucker Industries wants in a president! With him at the top, the stock will hit bottom... and the fat cats on the board can take over. But Norville (Tim Robbins) has his own spiffy little plan. And if a snoopy reporter (Jennifer Jason Leigh) doesn't put the kibosh on the Hudsucker flimflam and finagling big cheese Sidney J. Mussburger (Paul Newman) doesn't squash him, Norville's idea will put a smile on the hips of all America! The Hudsucker Proxy will plaster a smile on you, too. With a nod to the rapid-fire movies of Frank Capra and Preston Sturges and lots of visual flair, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo, The Big Lebowski ) craft a comic "Hiya Bub!" to business success. You'll love the Hud!
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Common Sense Says
Dark Coen Brothers screwball comedy has suicide, smoking.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Hudsucker Proxy is a 1994 dark "screwball comedy" in which a gullible mailroom clerk with big dreams is made CEO by the unscrupulous executives running the company. One of the characters commits suicide by jumping out of the top-story window of a New York skyscraper. There are other attempted suicides at other points in the movie. There's quite a bit of cigarette smoking, as well as cigar and pipe smoking. In a newspaper editor's office, a male reporter slaps the rear end of a female reporter; she responds by punching him out. A character gets very drunk and tries order a martini. Infrequent mild profanity ("damn," "hell," "ass," "bastard," "t-ttie"). While the allusions to the movies of Frank Kapra and Preston Sturges are likely to go over the heads of most teens, the story and the overall style of the movie should still be enjoyable, particularly for those who are fans of the better-known Coen Brothers films.
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- Genre:Comedy, Drama
- Release Date:March 11, 1994
- Audio Format:Stereo
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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