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The Mothman Prophecies
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Starring: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Alan Bates, Will Patton, Debra Messing
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Screen Gems
Kiddie Movie: Nah, leave them at home.
Date Movie: She might get a little scared, or just say "Huh?"
Gratuitous Sex: Almost, in a closet, but Debra kept her clothes on.
Gratuitous Violence: A decent bridge collapse, but that's about it.
Action: More suspense than action.
Laughs: Nah.
Memorable Scene: None.
Memorable Quote: None.
Directed By: Mark Pellington
Produced By: Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Gary Goldstein

The Mothman Prophecies
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:59 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
When you're going to give me a decent horror type movie with mostly implausible occurrences, please do two things: One Ė donít say that the movie is based on true events. And two Ė let me see the monster/creature. Unfortunately "The Mothman Prophecies" said it was based on true events, and two, other than lousy drawings and a shadowy figure, we donít get to see the Mothman.

In the movie Richard Gere plays John Klein. Alright, Iím probably going to spoil some things by writing this review, but I donít think it will really matter in your enjoyment, or maybe lack of enjoyment of this movie. Anyway, heís a hotshot writer for the Washington Post. He and his wife, Mary (Debra Messing), just decided to by a house after testing out if the closet was a good place to have sex or not. Sadly, on their way home, Mary gets spooked by some ghost-like thing that John doesnít see, she swerves and slams her head against the window. The MRI shows she has a tumor that wasnít present before, and low and behold, she dies.

So itís a couple of years later, John still hasnít really gotten over her, and rather than get set up on a blind date, John leaves early to go interview the Governor of Virginia. Somehow John gets diverted and magically finds his way to Point Pleasant, West Virginia. It is there that strange things are happening, starting when his car conks out and he finds a house to make a phone call. Thatís not so strange, but when Gordon (Will Patton) threatens to kill him because heís been bothering him for the last three nights, well, John is confused because heís never been there before. Enter Connie (Laura Linney), a cop in Point Pleasant, who starts to explain the strange things that are afoot in their little town.

Well, John becomes obsessed with the strange occurrences, namely because one of the townsfolk made a drawing of the Mothman that was similar to what Mary supposedly saw before she crashed their car. Strange phone calls happen, Gordon seems to be going more and more crazy, and now John tracks down Dr. Leek (Alan Bates), a paranormal author who eventually explains to John about the Mothman and how doom and gloom always seem to follow where he goes.

Blah, blah, blah, eventually the bridge collapses and people die.

As a twisted horror movie "The Mothman Prophecies" wasnít too bad. It has some scary moments, some unbelievable coincidences, and a cozy ending, but what kills a good horror story is saying itís based on real events. For a good horror you need to be able to suspend just about any belief you have about logistical events, but instead of being able to suspend belief, saying itís based on true events make you just go "Please, give me a break." And then, with all of these supposed sightings, you would think they could have come up with a police sketch that could have translated into a real Mothman character rather than just a shadowy figure with red eyes. Based on true events meant I couldnít suspend my reality, instead I just sat there going, "Oh, come on. Give me a break."

And so, what could have been a fun horror movie just fell flat. A lot of potential was evident in "The Mothman Prophecies" but only if I could pass it off as fiction rather than some true paranormal event that preceded a bridge collapse. Itís 2 stars out of 5 for "The Mothman Prophecies." If youíve seen most every other movie out there and really need to see a show, catch a matinee.  If not, maybe wait for the video.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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