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THINNER
1996 / Horror
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Directed by Tom Holland
Written by Tom Holland and Michael McDowell
Starring Robert John Burke, Lucinda Jenney, Bethany Joy Lenz, Joe Mantegna, Kari Wuhrer and Terence Kava

An obese attorney is cursed by a gypsy to rapidly and uncontrollably lose weight.

The following tags are associated with this movie: curse, supernatural, novel adaptation, Stephen King
Thinner (1996)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

6 / 10
There's not a whole lot of likeable characters in the movie. The lead played by Robert John Burke isn't exactly someone you can empathise with and while his buddy played by Joe Mantegna is somewhat entertaining, his performance is marred essentially by a real life portrayal of his Fat Tony character from The Simpsons which became rather distracting, making it even harder to take this movie seriously.

Thinner is a mediocre to okay movie that probably won't command another viewing from myself.
Thinner (1996)
Review by Michael Mahoney

6 / 10
Thinner's a book I've not read, unlike many other Stephen King novels (technically, Thinner was written under Richard Bachman, but even so), which may play a part in my review. While the movie is mostly enjoyable, there are a few performance issues, and ultimately, I think the film is missing something.

The story starts out well, but after a certain point, I personally think things drag a bit. It doesn't help that the main character, played by Robert John Burke, came across as overly hammy toward the second half of the film. Near the end, it was definitely a bit much.

Which is one of the biggest problems with the film. Sure, the story is a bit thin (see what I did there?), but if Burke had put in a better, more serious performance, I think I would have liked the flick at least a bit more. As it is, the highlight of the film is really Joe Mantegna (who I know most from both the 1994 comedy Airheads and a long-lasting role in Criminal Minds). Without Mantegna's presence here, I really don't think this movie would have been anywhere near as enjoyable. Michael Constantine puts in a solid performance too.

Perhaps it's because of Burke's occasionally hammy acting, but the film felt just a bit on the light-hearted side at times. It's tone didn't work too well with me, but once Mantegna's role becomes more a focus toward the end, things start coming together.

On a side-note, while the special effects were moderately decent for most of the film, there was a lengthy dream sequence that was entirely too goofy, and I definitely could have done without.

I've seen this once before, and I wasn't overly amazed. It's a good flick to sit back and eat popcorn with, but even for the mid-1990's, which wasn't the best time for the horror genre, Thinner just felt as though it was lacking. Good ideas in this one, to be sure, but an inconsistent tone and main performance places this one below average.
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