Better than Mr Jealousy - not as good as Kicking &Screaming
M. D Sadowsky | Oxford, OH | 08/08/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If possible, view this on DVD - you'll want to cue up several different scenes. Yes. The lighting is poor, the acting is hurried, the set is something from an old high school musical (probably from Western NY). It was filmed in a week - don't kill the messenger. Nonetheless, if it's 1 am, and you can't sleep - THIS is the movie to watch. Don't expect 'Caddyshack', or 'Old School'- some parts ARE hysterical, but its humor is subtle (particularly the mannerisms of certain characters, plot holes that aren't explained, etc) - which is precisely why one can view it over and over again.
NOTE: If for no other reason - you must see this film, for the scene of the two giant lizards conversing over work at the Halloween party. Never on celluloid has the "F" word been so prefectly placed.
He's like some kind of mad genius.
Robert Nelson | Hollywood, CA | 11/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Noah Baumbach....is brilliant. I have to start off by saying that if you've seen Highball...hopefully you looked past the sloppy editing. I'm sure that's why NB, Carlos and Chris took their names off of the project...but this movie is hilarious. It's quite possibly better than Mr. Jealousy, but of course doesn't hold a candle to K&S. The humor is so fast paced that you have to watch this movie a few times to catch all the jokes, as is the way with all of NB's movies. There is rarely a dull moment and NB gets to show us that he's also a brilliant actor as well as a writer/director. Although Eigeman didn't appear a whole lot...he still got the job done. Carlos was absolutely perfect in a role turned 180 degrees in the likes of Otis...or Vince even. Can you name me five of the best movies of all time?! DING! Ummm...K&S...Mr. Jealously...Highball...Um....Days of Wine and Monkeys...John Grisham's The Monkey..."
Bizarre, but quite funny
Robert Wellen | CHICAGO, IL USA | 12/19/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a big NB fan. THis movie, with it's awful edits, still manages to be entertaining. It isn't nearly as good as his other two films, but still kept me glued to the TV for 75 minutes. The guest shots are fantastic, particularly the Ally Sheedy ones. Christopher Eigeman, my favorite actor, deserved a better part, but Carlos Jacott is terrific. Baumbach himself gives an enjoyable performance. THe movie is all about dialogue and much of it is inspired. If you are new to Noah Baumbach's work, go get Kicking and Screamin and then Mr. Jealousy. This film is really best for fans, and curious viewers. I'm awaiting Noah's next film with great hopes."
More fore Kicking and Screaming fans!
skipmccoy | Los Angeles, CA USA | 09/18/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Listen up Kicking and Screaming(and Mr. Jealousy) fans! Noah Baumbach has not let us down yet, and this film is no exception. it has all of his trademark dialogue and characters. It also has a lot of his cast regulars-Eric Stoltz, Chris Eigeman, Carlos Jacott. Annabella Sciorra returns and so does Dean Cameron(yes! ). It also has 80s goddesses Justine Bateman, Rae Dawn Chong and Ally Sheedy! Plus Peter Bogdanovich(who was pretty good in Mr. Jealousy)! This film did not get much of a theatrical release, but thank god it's finally available to be ordered on dvd! Noah Baumbach is really a can't miss type writer-director for those of us who like his films-just order it!"
Quirky little comedy that's actually quite funny
Marc Harshbarger | Chic-a-go-go | 12/27/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This film was shot in only six days--and it looks it. The one set of a couple's apartment is not very attractive to look at, but who cares. It suits the needs of the film. What I like about the quirky "Highball" is the weird comic writing and some inspired performances. The movie was written and directed by Noah Baumbach, whom you may know as the writer/director of "The Squid and the Whale" and more recently, "Margot at the Wedding". "Highball" is from 1997, and Mr. Baumbach chose to put two different aliases on the film as the writer and the director. Hopefully he's not ashamed of this early flick of his because it's quite enjoyable.
The story is simple. Young couple throw three parties over the course of a year. First is a birthday party for a very odd friend. The second is a hoot of a Halloween party (the funniest sequence). And last is a New Year's Eve party. Their friends come over and people fight and kiss and play games and eat. And that's about it.
The cast is very diverse: Justine Bateman (who is excellent as a wallflower who later blossoms), director Peter Bogdanovich (who is delightful as he quotes from various movies), Ally Sheedy and Rae Dawn Chong (who both play themselves), Eric Stoltz, Annabella Sciorra and Chris Eigeman.
If you're looking for something different and fun, check out "Highball". It's a kooky little gem of a flick."