Release Date: January 29, 1993
Starring: John Goodman, Simon Fenton,
Omri Katz, Cathy Moriarty,
Kellie Martin, & Lisa Jakub.
Runtime: 90 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Director: Joe Dante
Producer: Jerico and Charlie Haas
Writer: Michael Finnell
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MATINEE contains a surprising balance of ridicule: the "Citizens for Decency in Entertainment" who are presented as hypocritical (they are actually employed by Woolsey to generate controversy), and Sondra's beatnik parents who represent the intellectual vacuity of those who insist that free speech means accepting filth and nonsense. John Goodman plays Woolsey like P.T. Barnum with a messiah complex, and the result is neither truly funny nor profound. MATINEE could have been hilarious, but, regrettably, this symposium of silliness fails because it takes itself much too seriously.