Wednesday, August 2, 2017


The story of a New York Jewish fixer. Norman Oppenheimer (played by Richard Gere) is a scheming businessman whose only role is make connections and help people out. He is the male version of the stereotypical Jewish mother who shows up at your door with a to-go lunch because you don't eat enough and then stays around to complain that you don't visit enough. Norman makes a chance encounter with the guy who turns out to become the Israeli Prime Minister a few years later. This connection is finally Norman's big break. But can he handle it? I found this to be charming, in that annoying, he gets on my nerves just watching, sort of way. And Norman himself never (until the very end) seems to "get it", and even then, doesn't get all of it. Can something be enjoyable and grating at the same time?
3 stars (out of 5)

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