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Broadcast News (1987)Broadcast News (1987)

Broadcast News (1987)

A romantic and bittersweet drama set in the hectic world of TV news

Comedy, Drama, Romance

best
THE VERY BEST

8.0

movie

United States of America

English, French, German

Funny, Grown-up Comedy, Sunday

1987

James L. Brooks

Albert Brooks, Christian Clemenson, Ed Wheeler

133 min

Synopsis

Basket-case network news producer Jane Craig falls for new reporter Tom Grunnick, a pretty boy who represents the trend towards entertainment news she despises. Aaron Altman, a talented but plain correspondent, carries an unrequited torch for Jane. Sparks fly between the three as the network prepares for big changes, and both the news and Jane must decide between style and substance.

Our Take

8.0
Igor Fishman

A marvelous combination of perfect casting and a sizzling script. William Hurt, Albert Brooks, and Holly Hunter are such natural talents they could make reading a dictionary watchable, but seeing them weave through James L Brooks punchy dialogue is a delight to behold. The three form the foundation of this drama that is as much about journalistic ambition as it is about love.

Hunter and Brooks are principled workaholics at a news station juggling a platonic friendship that seems destined for more but lacks a driving spark. Enter Hurt, a charming though self-admittedly stupid news anchor, who Hunter at once resents and yet can’t help falling for. What seems like a ready-built rom-com plot, however, churns into something else entirely. It’s a delicious film crackling with wit and character and is as funny as it is astute. 

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