But every place North visits (
Now, speaking of Bruce Willis, I should discuss the cast. The cast of this movie is just about as insane as the movie itself. Every frame there's like another big name (either for back then or now): Elijah Wood (North), Jason Alexander (North's dad), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (North's mom), Bruce Willis (numerous), Jon Lovitz (lawyer), Alan Arkin (Judge, the best character), Dan Aykroyd (Texan father), Reba McEntire (Texas mother), Keone Young (Hawaiian father... you'd know him if you saw him), Graham Green (Eskimo father), Kathy Bates (Eskimo mother), Abe Vigoda (Eskimo grandfather), Richard Belzer (A ferryman-type guy), Ben Stein (Curator), Robert Castanzo (hitman-type guy), John Ritter (final father)... and the one to put the cherry on top of this insane list... a 9-year-old Scarlett Johansson as John Ritter's daughter in her first movie. A few of those actors are on the ‘That Guy!' list, but there's some other big names in there, as you see. Seriously, when I noticed the little girl was Scarlett in the very last frame you can see her face, I knew this movie had officially hit my list of things to talk about.
The acting was silly, like the rest of the movie, but I have to give a shout-out to two characters in the movie: Alan Arkin's Judge and the Amish father. Arkin stole the movie, for me. Imagine this: Alan Arkin looking like Harvey Keitel doing a Robert DeNiro impression as he acts like a courtroom Judge. It was hilarious. And then the Amish father, for the brief scene he's in the movie, has one of the best lines in the movie. It literally had me laughing out loud (mostly due to the delivery): "Greetings, North, I am thy new father and this good woman who art my wife, is thy new mother. And these are thy new brothers who art named Ezikeo, and these are thy new brothers who art named Art."
To top the bizarreness of this movie off, there's even a random song-and-dance number via Reba and Dan Aykroyd in
So if it can bring about such a reaction from Mr. Ebert, it just has to be seen. If you like movies that are so-bad-they're-good, you definitely need to check this one out. You'll have a great time, I'm sure. Oh, and did I mention it's directed by Mr. Rob Reiner? You know, of The Princess Bride and Spinal Tap fame? Yeah, I couldn't believe it, either.(P.S. As the movie is so-bad-it's-good, I didn't know what score to give the movie, so I shot for an average score. I just mean that its entertainment value balances out its ridiculousness, which I thought could be portrayed with a middle score).