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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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • 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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