1 December 2006 | Hitchcoc
When Things Snowball
I remember seeing Jackie Mason standing in a hotel lobby in New York years ago. He had a show on Broadway at the time. I also remember his gaff on the Ed Sullivan show. In this he plays a small time loser who gets in over his head. It's the thing where a few dollars are blown and the person doesn't have the wherewithal to get it back and gets in deeper and deeper. Mason's character is so pathetic at every turn. There is some humor in it, but it mostly is a situational thing. His character, Roger Pitman, acts the way a desperate person would, especially when he is in unfamiliar territory. The acting is pretty good, but the story is just sort of dull and there is so little hope. If this had been a heist comedy, it may have worked better. We can all identify with the person who, having nothing, quickly gets in over his head. The world is full of cruel people and he meets them every few minutes. Even when he's with his thieving associates, they don't give him his share and he has few options. There is some interest here, but not a whole lot.