Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Flowers for Algernon|
Actors: Matthew Modine, Kelli Williams, Ken James, Bonnie Bedelia, Jeff Pustil
Director: Jeff Bleckner
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Platinum Disc Llc Release Date: 11/18/2008 Run time: 92 minutes
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90 minutes I'll never get back
David Pederson | Oconomowoc, WI USA | 06/07/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I will admit to being a little leery when a favorite story of mine gets adapted to the screen (be it a movie or TV), and "Flowers for Algernon" is on my top five list of best short stories of all time (the novel is another matter entirely). While I understand that no story survives this transition completely intact or unaltered, this movie should be used as a case study of what not to do when making an adaptation: everything that made the original such a heart-breaking record of Charlie Gordon's rise and fall has been gutted from this script. Charlie is barely sympathetic in this rendition, and Matthew Modine's lackluster performance is just the rancid icing on the tasteless cake. Avoid this one at all costs."
Eighth grade pick
Mrs. B | 06/05/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am an eighth grade Language Arts teacher, and my class reads "Flowers for Algernon" each year. Our school has a copy of the old video "Charly," but I really don't like it, especially since I have to watch it three times in a day. I took a chance on this new one, never having seen it before showing it in class. It is much more enjoyable. First of all, it is a more modern style of videography (no split screens or long montages). It also has no drug referrences. It does have implicit sexual activity, but it is not violent, like in the old version. My kids all enjoyed this movie. They laughed at different parts, and it was easy for them to identify the characters after having read the short story. I do recommend this video to anyone who enjoyed the story."