Jiminy Glick In Lalawood

2005, Movie, R, 90 mins

Review

JIMINY GLICK IN LALAWOOD
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Martin Short's unctuous celebrity interviewer, Jiminy Glick, stars in a shambling comedy-mystery that's neither mysterious nor funny. A match head flares into flame and dissolves into a dark highway as David Lynch (Short) ponders the sordid 1958 murder of small-time hood Johnny Stompanato by the unhappy daughter of his movie-star lover, Lana Turner. How strange that some 45 years later, small-time Butte, Mont., TV personality Jiminy Glick (Short) should find himself entangled in a murder at the Toronto Film Festival that echoes this classic dispatch from Hollywood Babylon! The tubby Glick, his vulgar wife, Dixie (Jan Hooks), and their fat, freaky twins, Matthew and Modine (Landon Hansen, Jake Hoffman), check in to Toronto's gloomy Hotel Fairmount — the antithesis of the posh Fairmont, where the stars are staying. Lynch haunts the bar, wreathed in swirling smoke and dark imaginings, and the twins ride their Big Wheels up and down the eerie corridors while starstruck Jiminy is snubbed by celebrities large and small, reduced to squealing "Kiefer! Kiefer! Kiefer! Kiefer! Kiefer!" when he spots the oblivious actor at a red-carpet premiere. Jiminy's luck turns after he lauds spoiled young star Ben Di Carlo's (Corey Pearson) awful directing debut, "Growing Up Gandhi," and is rewarded with the press-shy VIP's first interview in five years. Overnight, Glick is the talk of the town. But the spotlight's unfamiliar warmth is overshadowed by a nightmare in which Glick awakes to find dipsomaniac has-been Miranda Coolidge (Elizabeth Perkins) stabbed to death beside him. Or is it just a dream? Glick discovers a bloody monogrammed handkerchief in his pocket and Coolidge is suddenly nowhere to be found. Created for The Martin Short Show and spun off to the Comedy Central series Primetime Glick, the sycophantic, intermittently hostile Glick always seemed to have been created for the express purpose of settling obscure scores, posing vulgar and inappropriate questions to squirming celebrity guests game enough to submit. This semi-improvised effort to give Glick a wider platform, with the bizarre choice of LEON THE PIG FARMER (1993) director Vadim Jean at the helm, is both excruciatingly dreadful and so truly peculiar that it's hard to look away. Where else are you going to find an extended riff on the weird, weird world of David Lynch movies, an homage to THE SHINING and flatulence gags in the same place? leave a comment --Maitland McDonagh

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