Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Kid Stays In the Picture (2002)

Synopsis: Hollywood hotshot hustles hoopla.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Follow the meteoric rise, fall and rise again of legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans. Adapted from Mr. Evans’ tell-all autobiography, the movie takes the audience on an intimate journey into the mind of this Hollywood legend.”

What Did I Learn?: If somebody offers you a chance to buy pharmaceutical cocaine, run away – it’s probably the DEA doing a sting operation.

Really?: Did Ali MacGraw really address her husband as “Evans”?

Rating: Told entirely from Evans’ perspective, The Kid Stays in the Picture is a bit self-serving (the film goes into great depth about his marriage to Ali MacGraw, but never mentions the fact he’s been married seven times!) and should be taken with a grain of salt. That said, it’s also beautifully filmed, richly entertaining, and a fascinating documentary look at a bygone era. 8/10 stars.

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