Pullman and Cusack are so right for Mr. Wrong

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Mr. Wrong is like What About Bob? on acid.  It starts off with a slow boil.  But once it gets moving, it really gets moving.  Forget the fact that everybody already knows about Ellen’s background.  The fact of the matter is that this work is so twisted that one can’t help but laugh at it.  Even more ironic is that DeGeneres’ Martha really isn’t the star of the movie, although she is the lead.  Co-star Bill Pullman and Joan Cusack as Whitman Crawford and his ex, Inga Gunther make for the majority of the movie’s laughs.  Sitcoms have used the insane admirer and crazed ex plots many times over both before and after this movie.  Sometimes by themselves and sometimes together.  So those audiences who would want to lambast this movie for its outrageousness would be well served to lambast those sitcoms, too.

What sets Mr. Wrong apart from the sitcoms that have used the noted plots is just how over the top Whitman and Inga are.  That Whitman would go so far as to use the children of his mother’s housekeep to kidnap Martha and take her to Mexico is so bizarre that one can’t help but laugh at how outrageous it is.  And Inga’s threats again Martha are just as worth the laughs.  Fans will find themselves laughing uncontrollably as Inga tells Bob to put gum in Martha’s hair early on.  And of course there’s the even funnier bit about putting honey and ants on martha’s face.  The ants themselves are the kicker of that joke.

Mr. Wrong may not be one of the more memorable movies of the 90’s.  But take a moment to consider the number of rom-coms that have been copied and re-copied time and again.  Now considering those now far too stale works, they actually make Mr. Wrong worth at least one watch.

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