Is Ebert’s Memory Failing?

UPDATE: It turns out that he was thinking of a scene from “Rick,” a film that was out a couple of years ago, with Bill Pullman. Spooky. And, as a matter of fact, Ebert’s review has now been corrected, and the mistakes are gone.

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Roger Ebert’s review of “In Good Company” is very very strange indeed.

(Kudos to Steven Greydanus for catching this bizarro review.)

First of all, he says,

It’s about a corporate culture that tries to be evil and fails.

I’ve seen the movie, and I have no idea what this means.

Secondly, he recounts this scene:

“You’re kind of a bizarrely honest guy,” Carter tells Dan, who replies: “No, just around you.”

Wrong. That conversation happens between Carter and Dan’s daughter, Alex.

But then, the third problem, and it’s a whopper!

There is a bizarre episode where Carter takes Dan out drinking, in a club where patrons can observe each other via closed-circuit TV, and then hurries back to his office to join an X-rated chat room.

This scene DOES NOT OCCUR in the film. And nothing even remotely resembling it takes place.

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Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.

  • Lara

    Unrelated to this post but…

    Julie, you live in San Jose? I’m in Santa Clara (the part that’s right down the street from San Jose). Small world….

    Looked for a blog of yours on here, but didn’t see anything. If you have a space you write, send me an email. I’m always looking for local blogs/journals to read. (lara@withinwithout.org).

    Sorry, Jeffrey….

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    It turns out that he was thinking of a scene from “Rick,” a film that was out a couple of years ago, with Bill Pullman. Spooky. And, as a matter of fact, Ebert’s review has now been corrected, and the mistakes are gone.

  • Julie

    Or more likely…he saw an advanced screening in which those things did occur but were changed before the actual release and he didn’t rewatch the film

  • Lara

    Perhaps he was reviewing the “UNRATED/UNCUT” DVD version of the movie. ;)


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