I just saw this in today’s TV listings:
Comedy-drama about a ten-year-old boy with an ageing disease which makes him appear to be 40.
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Robin Williams, Diane Lane, Brian Kerwin, Jennifer Lopez, Bill Cosby, Fran Drescher
I don’t know how this one passed me by on its release in 1996 but it did. Honestly, can you even begin to imagine a more troubling concept? It’s a comedy… about an ageing disease! But no, wait… with Robin Williams! And, and… and Jennifer Lopez! And Bill Cosby!! I mean, where do you start?? What was Coppola thinking??
Not surprisingly, it gets a 19% Rotten Tomatoes rating.
For the record, people with real ageing diseases tend to look pretty odd, and not in the Robin Williams way. They do have weird heads and funny arms. They don’t have all-over body hair and a chin like Sarah Jessica Parker.
Still, don’t get me wrong, I’m sure it was a laugh riot all the same.