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All of Me

“I’m watching my entire career go right down the sewer cuz I’ve got a dead woman living inside me!”

By the time Steve Martin came around to act in All of Me, his film career was in full bloom and he could be counted on to make a movie work (albeit not always make money). He had proven that he could do over-the-top goofball comedy, more serious roles, and more straight-forward comedy in which he plays a regular person. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we conclude our series on Martin’s early career with Carl Reiner’s final film with him, 1984’s All of Me.

We talk about Martin and his lovely co-star, Lily Tomlin, and how well they work together in this film. We look at the nonsense rules established in the film about when they each have to speak out loud, when they speak in their heads, and debate if any breaking of these rules really matters since they so firmly sell us on this fantastical situation. We look at some other cast members and what they bring to the table, including the swami who doesn’t work very well for Andy. And we look at some of the crew members and what they bring to the table, especially in some complicated scenes through mirrors – or at least seemingly through mirrors.

It’s a great film that works on all fronts, making for a great experience, and a great entry for Martin’s filmography. We have a great time talking about it on this week’s show, so check it out then tune in. The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins.

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