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The Terminal
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Starring: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Dreamworks Pictures
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Kiddie Movie: It's adult fair.
Date Movie: Definitely.
Gratuitous Sex: Nah.
Gratuitous Violence: Nah.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Lots.
Memorable Scene: When Viktor helps the dude trying to take medicine out of the country.
Memorable Quote: Nothing specifically.
Directed By: Steven Spielberg
Produced By: Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Steven Spielberg

The Terminal
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 2:01 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I know Iím probably in the minority, but take away the security and I love the airport. I guess itís because I like to people watch, or maybe itís just that I like to walk around and look at things without a real purpose, but I have no problem arriving early for my flight at OíHare, being able to grab some good eats, and just watch people go by. Granted it might get old really fast if it was for a stretch of weeks instead of hours, and if I had no money, but until things go wrong, like a flight gets delayed, or I find out who is sitting next to me on my flight, I like airports. Enough about my weirdness, what about "The Terminal?"

"The Terminal" stars Tom Hanks as Viktor Navorski. As his luck would have it he gets to the United States, only really wanting to make a quick trip, but heís stuck in the international terminal because of a jack-ass security honcho, Frank Dixon (Stanley Tucci). It seems Viktorís country has gone through a government uprising, and now Viktorís visa isnít any good and he canít get on a plane to get back to his country because his government isnít recognized by the U.S. Without knowing any English, Viktor must now figure out how to live in the airport. And we find out the Viktor is quite the resourceful guy, finding the free crackers and mustard for cracker and mustard sandwiches for awhile, and then finding a way to make some cash returning luggage carts, only to find our jack-ass hinder him in any way possible. But things begin to change when Viktor begins to learn English. Eventually he befriends some airport workers, and then falls in love with Amelia (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a flight attendant.

And so, day after day goes on, Viktor finds more ways to make some dough, he tries to figure out how to work the Amelia thing, but mostly he is just waiting for the chance to fulfill his dream, much to the dismay of Frank.

What made this movie great for me was itís simplicity in a complex situation. Viktor really doesnít understand what is going on, other than there is trouble in his home country and he canít leave the airport. Yet he makes the best of every difficult situation, persevering to the point where the entire airport staff loves him. But what else make this movie great, and it scared me at first, was Catherine Zeta-Jones. Yes, sheís pretty, but for a change, in this movie, she seemed real. She has feelings for Viktor, but is torn between what is a good man, and the scumbag men she is used to being with. And the movie didnít get sappy with this plot as it could have easily done; instead it moved its focus back to Viktor and his quest.

This is a great drama/romantic comedy that doesnít overdue the sappy love story. All of the characters are fabulous, the set really takes you into an airport terminal, and Tom Hanks is great as the loveable Viktor.

Now, before I wrap this up, and I know this might be politically incorrect to say, but I think every immigrant who intends to live in this country should have to do what Viktor did, and what my Grandma did, and that is to learn English, and oddly enough, Viktor did it in a way similar to my Grandma Ė in "The Terminal" Viktor buys two of the same books, one in English, one in his native language, and he uses the one in his native language to teach him English. My Grandma always told me stories of how she would study the Polish dictionary compared to the English dictionary because she was so proud to be in this country that she wanted to learn the language. She also wouldnít teach us Polish, other than a word here or there, because she simply said "If you want to move to Poland, Iíll teach you Polish, but in America, you speak English." I believe she really meant this, although, to this day, I still wonder if it was so she and the aunts and uncles could talk about us while we were in the room and we wouldnít have a clue. Oh well, I digress.

"The Terminal" is a great movie. Spend the money for a nice evening, buy a big bucket of popcorn, and your girlfriend with think youíre swell. Itís 4 Ĺ stars out of 5 for "The Terminal."

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


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