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Nobody’s Fool (1994)Nobody’s Fool (1994)

Nobody’s Fool (1994)

An exceedingly earnest small-town slice of life, starring the incomparable Paul Newman

Comedy, Drama

7.1

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United States of America
English
A-list actors, Lighthearted, Slice-of-Life
1994
Robert Benton
Alice Drummond, Angela Pietropinto, Angelica Page
110 min

Synopsis

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Sully is a rascally ne'er-do-well approaching retirement age. While he is pressing a worker's compensation suit for a bad knee, he secretly works for his nemesis, Carl, and flirts with Carl's young wife Toby. Sully's long- forgotten son and family have moved back to town, so Sully faces unfamiliar family responsibilities. Meanwhile, Sully's landlady's banker son plots to push through a new development and evict Sully from his mother's life.

Our Take

7.1
The Staff

One of those long-lost mid-budget dramas that’s content with observing the rich yet uneventful lives of average folk, Nobody’s Fool reminds us that nothing exciting or shocking needs to happen to make a good story. The late, eternally charismatic Paul Newman leads an ensemble of character actors in relaxed, memorable roles—Bruce Willis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Margo Martindale, and Jessica Tandy, among others. It’s the authentic, neither-love-nor-hate relationship among all these characters that drives all their individual drama forward and keeps the film from stagnating into anything less than endearing. Here, the idea of things never really changing in this small community is meant to be a comfort, not a lament.

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