Man Trouble (1992) (part 3 of 4)

At a Japanese restaurant, Harry is telling Joan he’s been divorced for a few years. Joan furthers the conversation with… Well, let’s just call it a very convoluted sentence, which leads to an even more convoluted exchange.

Joan: And, um, do—Well, assuming you live a single existence… Most men don’t seem to really enjoy that. I’ve read.
Harry: I have to tell you the truth. I’ve been observing your hands and I have to use the word “exquisite”.

The scary thing is that this was written by the same person who wrote Five Easy Pieces.

Joan is flattered, and Harry continues by saying, in a manner that reminds me a bit of Anthony Perkins, that he’d like to hear her sing. Joan replies, “Anytime,” and asks if he likes classical music. Harry makes a bad analogy about it, and thankfully, this banal bit of bullshit is interrupted by the waitress.

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“Thompson is fine, but Vlade needs to ramp up his… Oh right, I’m in this scene!”

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“It’s okay, Ellen, you’ll always have that thriller you did with Pacino.”

Suddenly, it’s night, and the two are eating dinner at the same place. Well, Joan is trying to master the art of getting the food into her mouth with chopsticks, while Harry just stares at her with the “Jack Nicholson Face”, generally used in much better movies to show apprehensiveness. Here, however, I just get the feeling Jack was wondering when this godforsaken scene would be done so he could go to a Lakers game and actually enjoy life. Can’t say I blame him.

Apparently, Harry has been laying the bullshit on with a trowel, because Joan expresses amazement that he’s read Dante’s Divine Comedy. She begins to quote from it, and I can’t tell if she’s supposed to be drunk, or this is just a part of Ellen Barkin’s listless performance. Truthfully, option two is more likely, because otherwise I’d be accusing this film of ripping off Arthur.

Joan finishes off with her Torgo impression:

Joan: I don’t know why, but for some reason the sublimity of that always touches me, for some reason.

This is very bad dialogue. The dialogue is very bad. Not sure about the Master, though, but I definitely don’t approve!

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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

Multi-Part Article: Man Trouble (1992)

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