• Occasional conversation about sex.
  • A cartoon mentions that a man is “horny” when looking at a waitress.
  • A man mentions to a woman that he had a vasectomy.
  • A couple of grown adults is shown together in bed, as an after sex scene. It’s implied they both are naked underneath the bed sheets.
  • A woman touches a man’s crotch out of frame, and then asks, “Harvey, what is that?” Later, they learn that it’s a tumor.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


American Splendor: a life of double jeopardy [Best Picture award of the jury of the 19th Sundance Film Festival]

The film won the best film award of the jury of the 19th Sundance Film Festival in 2003.

The film is an autobiography of a cartoonist. The story begins with Harvey Pekar’s illness in 1975. At this time, Harvey Pekar had a voice problem, and his wife left him. Harvey Pekar is a person with a bad life. There are always unpleasant things happening, so he often describes himself as “a double whammy”. After spending most of his ordinary life, Harvey Pekar decided to change himself. Harvey Pekar sketched out his life with sketches and showed them to his cartoonist friends, who liked them very much. Thus, a cartoon called “American glory” was born, which is Harvey Pekar’s real experience in life. In this way, Harvey Pekar gradually became famous, but he was still an archivist working in a general hospital. Harvey Pekar met a woman from other places after meeting her high school female classmate. They got married like lightning. After that, Harvey Pekar continued to live, while his wife slept idle all day. Subsequently, frequent TV programs made them fly around, and also made them have feelings. A few years later, Harvey Pekar’s wife went to work in Jerusalem, but Harvey Pekar found that he had a lump. After his wife came back, they went to the hospital for examination and found that Harvey Pekar had cancer. After that, it was a painful treatment process, but Harvey Pekar recovered. Finally, Harvey Pekar published a cartoon of his story of fighting the disease and adopted the little girl he met during his illness.

This is a very good film, but it has no theme, which is related to the autobiographical nature of the film. In other words, this film is a performance of Harvey Pekar’s important life experience, with no purpose. Moreover, the film always emphasizes a series of highlights such as “melancholy”, “misfortune never comes alone”, “bad” and so on, which will not make anything happen to the human body. Perhaps there are really unlucky people like Harvey Pekar in the world, but most people still face life positively. Therefore, watching this film is only to understand a person and a person’s lifestyle, that’s all.

Of course, the film story is still very funny and funny, and even has some black humor. For example, Harvey Pekar’s wife got up. It was so funny. After watching the complete film, I found that Harvey Pekar and her wife are a perfect match! I guess Harvey Pekar wouldn’t have lived so long without his wife. It seems that meeting the right person is a very important thing in life, which can even affect fate.

In addition to the good plot, another thing is that the shooting is very clever. The protagonist and the actors appear in the film at the same time and discuss themselves. The film also mixes the real picture with the film picture. This film can be called “true and false when false”! This film has such a unique shooting method, which is unique and novel to me who has seen thousands of films. Especially at the beginning of the film, Harvey Pekar told everyone that the film was made wrong before the film began. That’s funny!

Finally, I would like to say that the subtitle dialogue of this film has been translated well, that is, none of the cartoon subtitles in the picture have been translated, which greatly reduces people’s understanding of this film. Do translators only watch subtitles, not movies? Therefore, for me, this film is not complete. I can only say that I understand three-quarters of the parts, and the rest are hindered by cartoons in English dialogue!

The actors in this film are great. The hero Paul Giamatti looks like an ordinary person. With his excellent acting skills, he is almost a replica of Harvey Pekar. Paul Giamatti is really a green leaf actor in Hollywood, but it’s a pity that he’s never popular. The heroine hope Davis is very beautiful, but she looks dull in the film, but she still can’t hide her beautiful face under her glasses. In addition to her appearance, this woman is also very good at acting. She deduces a strange woman into a life, which looks funny. Other people in the film have no impression, even the real character Harvey Pekar. After all, he is not a professional actor.

This is a relatively simple but good-looking film. Although there is no grand theme, it perfectly interprets Harvey Pekar’s life. It is a good film. Finally, Harvey Pekar died in 2010. I don’t know if his comics are out yet?

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