Playing God


playingg5.jpg Set the WABAC machine for 1997.  David Duchovny was a big-shot TV star, Angelina Jolie was a virtually unknown ingenue, and no one was sure if this internet thing was going to catch on. 

The movie Playing God was on cable the other day.  I had totally forgotten that baby-faced Jolie was even in this flick.  Timothy Hutton and Duchovny got top billing over her.  That’s what a nobody she was at the time.  Now people wonder "Whatever happened to that guy from X-Files, or that other guy from Taps?"

Meanwhile, Jolie has to go to a country that 85% of Americans can’t find on a map to squirt out her kid.  That’s how crazy famous she is now.   By the way, if this is the best place you can take the kids for fun, you either aren’t real bright or aren’t trying very hard.

The movie itself isn’t half bad.  Duchovny neither impresses or disappoints.  However, Hutton is so over the top in the third act, the viewer is reminded of William Shatner singing Rocket Man as a comparison in subtlety.  The best line, however, comes from Hutton tossing a throw-away line about Jolie adopting some Chinese babies.  Who would have guessed that  she would base her entire life around it?

Who would have guessed this internet thing working out for that matter?



7 Responses to “Playing God”

  1. Tutularue Says:

    Al Gore knew.

  2. alison Says:

    Duchovny sux.

  3. Kleinheider Says:

    I remember being really excited to see that movie. It seemed like an interesting premise if done correctly.It wasn’t.

  4. Aunt B. Says:

    I love posts that have passing references to your biological father.

  5. Sarcastro Says:

    If I could figure out a way of working Shatner singing "Rocket Man" into every conversation and correspondence, I would.

  6. jag Says:

    Shatner singing "Rocket Man" is painful. Not to insult your dad or anything, but I couldn’t make it through the whole song.

  7. Sarcastro Says:

    Jag, you are totally missing out. The bizarro finale serves as a lesson in humiliation for the whole family.

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