King of the Corner

"Good"

King of the Corner Review


Peter Riegert got a bad beat off of Animal House. Pegged in his debut film appearance as a crude, slapstick, comic actor (and not a very handsome one at that), Riegert didn't do much of anything after -- nothing much that you've probably seen, anyway.

Riegert will probably have the last laugh. He's starred in some real gems, like Local Hero and Traffic, and he even earned an Oscar nomination for his short film, By Courier.

Today, Riegert is an unfortunate staple of made-for-TV movies, but when he's not paying the bills, he's actually writing, directing, and starring in interesting fare like King of the Corner, a tragicomic look at a man's life, coming undone in middle age. He's married to Isabella Rossellini, whose severe haircut drives him to an affair. His underling at the office is gunning for his job. His teenage daughter is growing up too fast. Oh, and dad is dying. Not much is looking up for Riegert's Leo Spivak, but he'll get by somehow.

Watching him get by is more fun than it sounds, thanks to Riegert's earnest performance. (He's in nearly every scene.) Movies like this (and by God there are a ton of them -- every actor seems to make this film when he hits his mid-40s) have a tragic tendency to be maudlin and hateful, dwelling on how pathetic their lead characters are and showing no growth over the running time. But Riegert has fun with it, drawing on his comedic roots and spinning situations into directions you probably aren't expecting. Let's just say that casting Eric Bogosian as the worst rabbi ever was an inspired idea.

Don't get me wrong, King of the Corner is still unneccesary as a movie. It doesn't add anything to the genre -- and its ordinariness makes it obvious why the film got no theatrical release of any import. That said, it's perfectly average in almost every other way.



King of the Corner

Facts and Figures

Run time: 93 mins

In Theaters: Tuesday 1st June 2004

Distributed by: Ardustry Home Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
Fresh: 30 Rotten: 12

IMDB: 5.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Leo Spivak, as Anthony Berenson, as Ed Shifman, Jayne Houdyshell as Louise

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Movie Review

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Movie Review

It's been a decade since Al Gore's wake-up-call documentary won the Oscar. And here he...

The Hitman's Bodyguard Movie Review

The Hitman's Bodyguard Movie Review

It really doesn't matter that this movie is utterly ridiculous, because the central pairing of...

Final Portrait Movie Review

Final Portrait Movie Review

A relaxed, amusing true story about noted Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti, this sharply...

Tom of Finland Movie Review

Tom of Finland Movie Review

Finnish artist Tuoko Laaksonen used the name "Tom of Finland" as he drew explicit illustrations...

A Ghost Story Movie Review

A Ghost Story Movie Review

Filmmaker David Lowery reunites the stars from his offbeat Western Ain't Them Bodies Saints for...

Atomic Blonde Movie Review

Atomic Blonde Movie Review

From the co-director of John Wick, this similarly styled action romp puts Charlize Theron front...

Girls Trip Movie Review

Girls Trip Movie Review

This movie's premise basically sounds like The Hangover with added black girl power. But it's...

Advertisement
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

There's so much manic energy in this animated action comedy that it can't help but...

The Big Sick Movie Review

The Big Sick Movie Review

It may be rather long for a romantic comedy, but this film has such a...

The Emoji Movie Movie Review

The Emoji Movie Movie Review

There's no reason why this animated comedy adventure needed to be this pointless. Solidly entertaining...

England Is Mine Movie Review

England Is Mine Movie Review

While this is billed as a film about The Smiths' singer-songwriter Morrissey, it's actually an...

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Movie Review

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Movie Review

It's been 20 years since French filmmaker Luc Besson shook up the sci-fi genre with...

Dunkirk Movie Review

Dunkirk Movie Review

Britain's epic 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk has been dramatised on film before, but no one...

Killing Ground Movie Review

Killing Ground Movie Review

From Australia, this dark and edgy thriller is skilfully made by writer-director Damien Power to...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.