My Favorite Movies #86 – Rain Man

Rain Man - PosterRain Man

1988

Directed by Barry Levinson

Netflix says… Fast-talking yuppie Charlie Babbitt is forced to slow down when he embarks on a life-changing cross-country odyssey with the brother he never knew he had, an autistic savant named Raymond who’s spent most of his life in an institution.

  • From the start, Tom Cruise’s Charlie Babbitt is an extremely unlikable character.
  • Extremely.
  • In part, it’s just who he is. He’s just a selfish jerk who’s only interested in looking out for himself and how he can get ahead.
  • On the other hand, he kind of got screwed over by his dead father.
  • It’s almost understandable the lengths to which he goes to get his hands on his father’s substantial estate, especially when he discovers he has a brother that he never knew existed.
  • Although, kidnapping Raymond from the only home he’s known for the last 30+ years is excessive.
  • Technically, it’s not kidnapping, since Ray is a voluntary patient. Charlie doesn’t actually do anything illegal by taking Ray with him. But it’s definitely not in Ray’s best interests.
  • But that’s because Charlie can’t see past his own wants and needs. He feels cheated out of his inheritance, so he basically holds his brother for ransom until he can have access to the trust in his brother’s name.
  • Because that’s how these things work.
  • By the end of it all, though, Charlie is a much more sympathetic character.
  • He gets to know his brother and learns to actually care for him and understands what he needs.
  • In the end, Charlie learns not to care about the money that his father didn’t leave him.
  • In the end, all that’s important is that he has a relationship with his brother.
  • Rain Man is categorized as a comedy-drama. And I wasn’t sure if I’d consider it a comedy at all.
  • But rewatching it, yeah, there are a lot of little funny moments.
  • Overall, however, the story is touching and even a little heartbreaking as you see these two strangers become brothers bound by more than blood and last name.
  • If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth watching.

Next week we’ll hit a movie that probably won’t make me cry when I watch it. Mean Girls comes in at number 85.

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