THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

#17 MAX ROSE (2016)







​​Max Rose featured 90-year-old Jerry Lewis as a hard-to-get-along-with man who's just become a widower and he's lost - for two reasons. One, because his beloved Eva (Claire Bloom, in flashbacks) has passed away. Two, because he's never gotten an answer about a mysterious compact of hers he uncovered with an dated inscription to Eva from Ben, the date in 1959 being a time he was in New York. After her death he gets up the nerve to track down the mysterious Ben and find out once and for all whether this guy was his wife's lover. Lewis plays it 100% straight, milking pathos by merely looking straight ahead. Nothing surprising here (except the fact that this was written and directed by Daniel Noah, not Jerry) but he uses his renowned crankiness to good effect here in his scenes with son Kevin Pollock, who he is estranged from. It's maudlin, occasionally enlivened by Lee Weaver and Mort Sahl as fellow old age home residents (where he eventually moves to) but Max Rose is strictly a curiosity piece to see what very well could be Jerry Lewis' swan song. Gravity but no fun at all. #17 of 2017.

SHOULD TLA SEE THIS? Only if she wants to admire Jerry's dazzling array of sweaters.