City Slickers

By 19th January 2009 No Comments

City Slickers is a 1991 film starring Billy Crystal, Bruno Kirby, Daniel Stern, Helen Slater and Jack Palance. After the huge success of “When Harry Met Sally” this was Crystal’s next project, he actually co-wrote the film, despite not being credited for this, and he was the executive producer. This film seemed to be very important to Billy Crystal, he used a lot of “real life” experiences when acting out this role, and he enjoyed it so much that three years later he made a sequel. City Slickers was extremely popular with the critics and public alike; in the USA alone it grossed over $124 million. Veteran actor Jack Palance won the best supporting actor academy award for his role in this film.

New Yorker Mitch Robbins (Crystal) is 39 and miserable. He’s tired of his job, bored with his life, and is two best friends Ed (Kirby) and Phil (Stern) aren’t doing much better. So when they all decide to chase their troubles away with a fantasy vacation, Mitch and his pals trade their briefcases for saddle bags and set out to find freedom and adventure herding cattle under the wide New Mexico sky. But what they discover instead is scorching sun, sore backsides…and more insight into themselves – and each other – than they ever thought possible!

I found City Slickers to be quite an enjoyable film, yet I felt empty at the end; I was somehow expecting more humour from it. Billy Crystal was at his sharpest, with some great lines that were of very high comical standards, I also thought that Jack Palance was very funny while also bringing a great wisdom to his character. City Slickers had received terrific reviews and is often considered one of the funniest films of the 1990’s, so I was to be quite honest expecting better experience than it turned out to be. I personally found it decidedly average, with some humorous bits but nothing which really stood out as particularly special.