.

Texasville

Cybill Shepherd, Jeff Bridges, Annie Potts, Harvey Christiansen, Pearl Jones

Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
Rolling Stone: star rating
5 0
Community: star rating
5 0 0
September 28, 1990

You won't recognize the old crowd from The Last Picture Show: After thirty-three years, Jeff Bridges's high-school hero, Duane, has picked up a paunch, a tart-tongued wife (Annie Potts), rebellious kids and an oil fortune that has just gone bust; Cybill Shepherd's beauty queen, Jacy, shows a hard edge acquired from a film career and the death of her young son; Timothy Bottoms's dim Sonny seems to have forgotten his affair with Cloris Leachman's prim Ruth, who now works for Duane. Eileen Brennan's bawdy Genevieve and Randy Quaid's vulgar Lester also exhibit the ravages of time, greed, promiscuity and grinding boredom. They're all in Anarene, Texas, for the town's sesquicentennial.

But there's nothing to celebrate, especially not this movie. The real burned-out case is director-writer Peter Bogdanovich. The Last Picture Show made his reputation, and these aging Texans trying to rediscover their innocence obviously touch him deeply. But Bogdanovich's style has turned heavy, crude and incoherent. To be fair, author Larry McMurtry's bombastic novel Texasville was no match for his elegant Picture Show. Still, Bogdanovich makes things worse by forcing the game actors to mouth reams of unplayable dialogue and by shooting in static, interminable takes. Texasville comes off like an exceptionally slow episode of Dallas. The title of another McMurtry novel expresses the displacement and crushing disappointment you get from this film: All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers.

prev
Movie Review Main Next

ADD A COMMENT

Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...

COMMENTS

Sort by:
    Read More

    Movie Reviews

    More Reviews »
    Around the Web
    Powered By ZergNet
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.

    X

    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Hungry Like the Wolf”

    Duran Duran | 1982

    This indulgent New Romantic group generated their first U.S. hit with the help of what was at the time new technology. "Simon [Le Bon] and I, I think, had been out the night before and had this terrible hangover," said keyboardist Nick Rhodes. "For some reason we were feeling guilty about it and decided to go and do some work." Rhodes started playing with his Jupiter-8 synth, and then "Simon had an idea for a lyric, and by lunchtime when everyone else turned up, we pretty much had the song." The Simmons drumbeat was equally important to the sound of "Hungry Like the Wolf," as Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor stated it "kind of defined the drum sound for the Eighties."

    More Song Stories entries »
    www.expandtheroom.com