Ann bought the DVD, so now we can freeze-frame and read all the little signs and posters and stuff in the back of the frame til the cows come home. Indeed, the props and costumes and overall attention to detail is one of the big stars of the show. The other is just Napolean muttering IDIOT! under his breath. How did they know that would be so funny? You look at that in a script and you think, “is this going to be funny?” Somehow, they pulled it off. I’d forgotten many things since seeing this in the theaters — the Happy Hands Club and Rex Quan Do. I wish the movie had more of, um, a plot. . .but it’s hard to dislike it. The “wedding scene” they tagged on once the movie got popular is a disappointment.
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