Episode #124: Queens Logic
Listen to Episode 124 of the Podcast here while you enjoy the show notes. **Sorry about the audio quality on Jon's end. We recorded in separate locations and the microphone used was the best available**
SUMMARY - In Queens Logic, Ray (played by Ken Olin) is about to get married and his friends all get together for his bachelor party. Of the close knit group, Al (played by Joe Mantegna) is seen as the one with the best life but when his wife leaves him, everyone starts questioning what direction their lives are taking.
Screenplay by Tony Spiridakis; Directed by Steve Rash; and released on February 1,1991.
In a Rocky-like moment to start the movie, a young kid climbs the rope up the bridge to the delight of 5 kids below.
That kid is revealed to be our lead character who is meant to be charming, but to us was an obnoxious jackass with no boundaries.
Our other main characters are the bride and groom to be and they get a good amount of screentime, but little meaningful development.
Most of the conversations are inane, insanely basic or non-sensical.
A lot of characters in this movie and these two friends are essentially identical.
Scenes have no purpose, like prepping to go the basketball court and then cutting away shortly after they get there.
Malkovich's character is the only one that has some depth, but a lot of that comes from his performance.
The man's man movie has a few female characters played by good actresses, but they suffer the same problem in a bloated movie.
Tom Waits' character was also solid.
The ending tries to make a point with our "hero" returning to the rope and failing.
But we really thought this was a lesser version of "Hangin' With the Homeboys."
Awards Talk: The only one was a Spirit nomination for Best Supporting Actor John Malkovich
TRUE CRIME & POP CULTURE
This week we don't have any true crime to talk about so we jump right into music by talking about the film's composer Joe Jackson who had some hits in the 1980s.
We also discuss his stance and campaign against smoking bans
RANKINGS & RATINGS
Nikki 1-5 star scale - 1 out of 5
Jon 0-4 star scale - 1 out of 4
Would you watch it again? - While we like the actors involved, we did not enjoy this movie at all. There are so many New York centric buddy movies that are a lot better than this. There are so many better coming of age movies (if this can be considered one) than this. Several of those better movies were made in 1991, so no need to revisit this.
If you want to watch Queens Logic, as of this recording in July 2023, it’s available on Peacock, Tubi, PlutoTV, Freevee, Roku, VHS, DVD. Check your local listings.
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