Breakfast of Champions

Starring: Bruce Willis, Albert Finney, Nick Nolte, Omar Epps, Owen Wilson

Directed by: Alan Rudolph

Produced by: Rain City, Rational Packaging Company, Flying Heart Films, Sugar Creek Productions, Summit Entertainment

Distributed by: Buena Vista, Disney

Genre: drama

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Review by Xibo Date seen: September 19, 1999
Viewing Location: Lincoln Square, NYC Grade: A-
Summary: A decent, if abbreviated, adaptation.
Kurt Vonnegut's novel "Breakfast of Champions" is one of my all-time favorites. I'm glad it's been made into a film. A lot of people have said that it's a poor adaption, and that it's a hard novel to turn into film. I rather enjoyed it though. I think that by using the actors' great personalities, the director was able to catch the spirit of the book. Bruce Willis plays Dwayne Hoover, the car salesman who is having a midlife crisis. Nick Nolte plays his deeply disturbed sales manager, Albert Finney plays the legendary Kilgore Trout, and Omar Epps is introduced as the Dwayne's worshipper, Wayne Hoobler. There's other characters as well, and it's all quite zany and insane. One has to have read many Vonnegut books to really appreciate the spirit of things, though. 

Review by Z Date seen: December 14, 2000
  Grade: B
Summary: leaves you puzzled
Now, I admit I have never read the book. The movie makes sense... in a nonsensical way. It's edgy without ever taking itself too seriously. I enjoyed it, but I can't say I understood it at all. 

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