16 January 2002 | Goon-2
Should we hide our heads in shame?
Maybe for watching this movie. I was subjected to the torture inadvertantly. I was upstairs trying to be studious and learn French, but I kept hearing this ANNOYING SCREAMING coming from the floor below. It was "Shame." Nobody was watching it at top volume, that's just the "Shame" is: A cheesy movie of the week with a stereotypical for a movie of the week plot of a raped girl coming forward against those who violated her. Fairuze Balk plays the girl, and FOR SOME REASON SHE MUST THINK THAT SCREAMING HER SO-CALLED DRAMATIC LINES AT THE TOP OF HER LUNGS IS NECESSARY FOR GOOD ACTING, when in reality it's NOT!!!! It's simply ANNOYING for people who had no intention of even WATCHING "SHAME" in the FIRST place!!!
Because she BELLOWED all of her lines, I found it IMPOSSIBLE to like Balk as "Lizzie" the raped girl who tries to be all bold and brave and punish her rapists with the help of lawyer Amanda Donahoe, who does not live in that town, but for some reason inserts herself into the mess anyway? (Was Donahoe's character even from the same state, i.e. would she even be licensed to practice law there? I don't really know, since I was not called to "Shame" until Ms. Balk SUMMONED me by her OBNOXIOUS screeching, and she probably didn't appear right away.) The local hicks don't seem too keen on Donahoe and Lizzie's actions, since they want to put it all behind (does that mean they knew and didn't do anything about it? Uh, nice police force. Nice legal system, there.) The mother of some rapist(who casually roams the street) even tries to buy Lizzie off by sending her away on vacation, until Lizzie yells that she won't have any of that. That's a shame, too, since I was hoping she'd accept and leave, taking her obnoxious screaming with her.
Instead Lizzie and Lizzie's lawyer stay, and the tension mounts and mounts... until... I can't say, because I'm sure it is supposed to be very, very, shocking but involves people um, trying to silence Lizzie forever.
While I'm not saying I approved of the characters motives, I can't say I blamed them, there. Maybe they decided their hearing was more valuable than whiny, annoying, SCREECHY Lizzie.