Men" is another small indie film which is driven by interesting
characters and smart dialogue. The story line is something we have
seen many times, but yet done in a refreshing and original way. It
deals with how both old and young people can learn from each other as
well as the quest to find love again and for the first time.
The film starts out where an aging diamond salesman
played by Robert Forster (who was great in the Taratino film "Jackie
Brown") has had a heart attack and his company wants to dump him
because the insurance company doesn't want to cover him anymore.
They work out a deal to buy time where Forster has to train a new young
salesman played by Donnie Wahlberg to take over his route. Of
course, with the vast age difference, the two traveling diamond salesmen
don't initially get along very well but over time warm to each other and
begin to teach each other lessons of life.
The movie takes a plot turn when the Wahlberg
character (who has almost nothing but sex on his mind) takes the two of
them to a massage parlor in hopes that sex will get the older Forster
character out of his sadness and funk. Eventually, Forster meets
an older prostitute played very nicely by Bess Armstrong. Deceit
and robbery ensues which eventually leads us to an "OHenry"
type of ending to the story.
This is a very enjoyable film to watch, with the
understated acting by Forster, the brash and sexually charged Wahlberg,
and the sweet but troubled Armstrong. Anyone who normally likes small
indie films strong on character, dialogue, and story will enjoy this
-- Mike (
3 out of 4 pops )
about this film with other Popkorn Junkies