In the category of underrated Dudley Moore flicks, this one quite possibly takes the cake (I don't know if I can name another). Anyway, I recall loving Crazy People; it's not fantastic, but it's pretty damn funny - even better, see it and you just might remember who that David Paymer guy is. Hello. For now, you'll just have to take the word of Jess (Insight Into Entertainment) and I.
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This leads to the ad business starting up in the psych center. They create lots of ads, for all kinds of things, telling the truth, or a different creative view of the truth. Unfortunately, Walsh assumes his company can do it too, and they show off their stupidity and satirize the advertising (and Hollywood machine) as a different kind of crazy who cannot figure out how to be honest. The big climax comes when the head doctor makes a deal with Walsh to keep churning out crazy ads by keeping the crazy people locked up, but only if they get rid of Emory. However, the patients are crazy, not dumb, and sabotage the whole thing.
You know from the beginning it will have a happy ending, and glossing over variations of crazy is part of the charm. If they had more of a Gothika or Shutter Island set of crazy people, it just wouldn't work. Actually dealing with mental illness isn't part of this movie, rather comparing soulless business men with heartfelt lay people is where all the humor and charm comes from. Dudley Moore is terrific throughout. Darryl Hannah is more bland than annoying, but as the only character who might actually be mentally ill, she brings a lot of credibility to the psych center aspect. Overall, the ads are the stars of this movie - you can't actually believe any of them would make it into a magazine, but you know they're all correct in what they're saying. Good movie, check it out on itunes.
Tomorrow: Castor gets into the mind of an American Psycho.