The January Man1989
The January Man (1989)
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as Nick Starkey
as Mayor Eamon Flynn
as Christine Starkey
as Frank Starkey
as Bernadette Flynn
as Capt. Vincent Alcoa
as Alison Hawkins
as Detective Reilly
as January Man
as Rev. Drew
as Chief Sunday
as Press Representative
as Det. Muse
as Police Officer
Critic Reviews for The January Man
It wants to be zany but violent, satirical but slapstick, romantic but cynical. It wants some of its actors to rant and rave like amateur tragedians, and others to reach for subtle nuances. And it wants all of these things to happen at the same time.
This star-studded, schizophrenic movie can't decide whether it's a thriller or a quirky comedy - so it bounces back and forth, and the result is a stilted, nearly unwatchable mess.
Too many of the performances need a lot of toning down. But the whole movie revels in its own daffiness, which gives it an engaging personality all its own.
The film sets out to be large, dramatic and powerful -- as well as endearing -- and misses on every point.
Audience Reviews for The January Man
Some barely coherent political cover up subplot kept me from getting hooked by this movie. Kline plays the funny central character who marches to the beat of his own drum. He isn't exactly welcomed when he returns to being a detective to catch a serial killer. Aiello plays the captain of police who butts heads with Kline's character. Rickman plays a quirky artist-type friend of Kline's. Mastrantonio wants the mystery solved because she was close to one of the victims, wants out from under the thumb of her father the mayor, and falls way too quickly for Kline's charms. The way the killer is tracked down is offbeat and while the movie has some good moments I found it strange that all these characters were thrown together in something so disjointed.
I re-watched this recently, and I just had to lower my rating for it, it's worse than I remembered it. The story is predictable, cliched, and none of the characters are very interesting, especially the main guy played by Kline, who can't act. The rest of the cast is good, but they don't get a good script to work with. I did not like this movie.
Wretched writing and poorly directed. I can give you six good reasons why this film should have been a hell of a lot better: Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon, Harvey Keitel, Danny Aiello, Rod Steiger and Alan Rickman.
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