Fight Club

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Though the six-month wait for Fight Club's DVD release nearly drove many of the film's fans crazy, 20th Century Fox gets it right the first time. Instead of releasing a bare-bones disc first and a beefier version months later, this feature-filled, double-disc package transforms David Fincher's caustic, pitch-black satire from one of 1999's most controversial films into one of 2000's best DVDs. A pristine 2.40:1 anamorphic, widescreen transfer and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound get the first disc off to a great start, ...
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Though the six-month wait for Fight Club's DVD release nearly drove many of the film's fans crazy, 20th Century Fox gets it right the first time. Instead of releasing a bare-bones disc first and a beefier version months later, this feature-filled, double-disc package transforms David Fincher's caustic, pitch-black satire from one of 1999's most controversial films into one of 2000's best DVDs. A pristine 2.40:1 anamorphic, widescreen transfer and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound get the first disc off to a great start, preserving all of the visual and sonic details that make the film rewarding on repeat viewings. Four entertaining and informative commentaries -- one by Fincher, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, and Edward Norton; a separate commentary by Fincher; another by Fight Club novelist Chuck Palahniuk and screenwriter Jim Uhls; and one by visual effects supervisor Kevin Haug, costume designer Michael Kaplan, production designer Alex McDowell and cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth -- are an audio crash course in directing, acting, and special effects techniques. Though the features on the first disc might be more than enough for many viewers, the second disc rewards diehard Fight Club fans with a bonanza of bonuses that would be overwhelming if they weren't neatly organized into five categories. "Work" digs even deeper into the film's technical achievements and provides in-depth explanations of some of the film's most impressive and involved effects, such as the opening credits' ride through the narrator (Edward Norton)'s brain, the dream-like plane crash and sex sequences, and the photogrammetry technique used in other key scenes. "Missing" presents seven cut scenes and alternate takes, including Marla's (Helena Bonham Carter) infamous "I want to have your abortion" scene and other, more subtly different sequences that lend insight into the choices made while constructing the film. "Art" features galleries of the storyboards, pre-production paintings, costumes, and makeup (an especially impressive and funny section -- the "before" and "after" makeup designs look like reconstructive surgery in reverse). And if the disc's other features are primers on filmmaking, then "Advertising" is a run-through of basic marketing concepts. The promotional galleries include publicity stills and artwork, Internet-only commercials, the theatrical teaser and trailer, and a whopping 17 U.S. and international TV ads, some of which seem to be for slightly different, yet related films (in an attempt to appeal to viewers put off by the film's violence, the "Girl's Club" commercials make Fight Club look like an offbeat romantic comedy). A transcript of Edward Norton's appearance at Yale University's Film Society also addresses his and Fincher's concern about how the film's violence should or could be interpreted. Finally, "Crew" profiles the cast and crew and includes biographical blurbs on everyone from Fincher to the Dust Brothers, whose own commentary and score track unfortunately had to be jettisoned due to lack of room. Indeed, the set uses every available milimeter of space on the discs and the packaging to enhance the viewer's experience. The beautifully designed fold-out case includes the booklet "How To Start A Fight," which features quotes from Palahniuk, Uhls, the production team, and Fox 2000 executives about the process of turning the cutting-edge, underground novel into a big-budget, big-studio picture. In a clever move, the booklet also mixes in excerpts of positive and negative reviews from writers ranging from Roger Ebert and Kenneth Turan to anonymous cyber-critics, highlighting Fight Club's polarizing effect. But even the film's harshest critics would have to concede that the the time, care and details put into the DVD set the standard for the format. Fight Club fans, meanwhile, will find weeks' worth of lovingly obsessive features and information to pore over. Though it was originally planned to be a very simple relase, thankfully this densely packed set gives one of Fox's most interesting films of the '90s the treatment it deserves.
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Special Features

4 commentary tracks with David Fincher, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter; Anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 2.40:1); English 5.1 surround; English Dolby surround; French Dolby surround; 17 behind-the-scenes vingnettes with multiple angles and commentary; Outtakes and deleted scenes; Storyboards, publicity gallery, and concept art
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Unrelentingly savage and diabolically witty, Fight Club romanticizes violence as the last recourse of men who feel emasculated by the drudgery and predictability of modern urban life. That sentiment is initially articulated by narrator Edward Norton, playing an angst-ridden corporate drone who anesthetizes himself with mindless consumerism and support-group participation. Norton's unnamed character is roused from his torpor after encountering soap salesman Tyler Durden Brad Pitt, sweeping away the last vestiges of his glamour-boy image, charismatic leader of disaffected males who hold clandestine meetings and achieve self-realization by pummeling one another into submission. Director David Fincher Seven, working from an irony-laced script by Jim Uhls adapted from the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, drenches his able cast in testosterone and assaults the audience with graphic sequences of hand-to-hand combat. Mesmerizing in its almost fetishistic depiction of brutality, Fight Club seizes the viewer's attention from the beginning and grips it firmly through the shocking surprise ending.
All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
A definitive case of a movie that has yet to find its time, David Fincher's unnerving and cataclysmic look at the male psyche takes no prisoners and makes no apologies, which is precisely why the film is so powerful. A kind of stepchild to Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange in terms of its thematic relevancy and misunderstood nature, Fight Club looks and feels like almost nothing that has preceded it. Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter all successfully subvert their onscreen personas, and give fully committed portrayals that never get buried in the film's dazzling set pieces. More than any film of the 1990s, it was hotly debated in terms of its cinematic worth. Some critics deemed it fascist and overheated, condemning the film for its refusal to a create an easily delineated platform on the issues it raises. Others praised the film for this very reason, citing its ability to challenge the minds of moviegoers. The film was a surprising misfire in its initial release, but a legion of die-hard fans subsequently developed. It wouldn't be at all surprising if it goes on to achieve the delayed status of a work such as Blade Runner, another film panned by critics and audiences when it was released that is now viewed as a significantly influential movie and a banner example of film theory on screen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • UPC: 024543000358
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 2:19:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brad Pitt Tyler Durden
Edward Norton Jack
Helena Bonham Carter Marla Singer
Jared Leto Angel Face
Meat Loaf Big Bob Paulson
Zach Grenier Boss
Technical Credits
David Fincher Director
Chuck Palahniuk Author, Source Author
Mike Topoozian Asst. Director
Jim Uhls Screenwriter
Jeff Wexler Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1: The Feature
0. Chapters
1. Fear Center (Main Titles) [:22]
2. Ground Zero [:12]
3. Insomnia [1:32]
4. Nesting Instinct [:26]
5. Remaining Men Together [1:19]
6. Power Animal [:51]
7. Marla [1:35]
8. Single Serving Jack [3:42]
9. Tyler [:17]
10. Jack's Nice Neat Flaming Shit [1:12]
11. Lament for a Sofa [6:21]
12. Odd Jobs [1:16]
13. Hit Me [2:27]
14. Paper Street [3:48]
15. Welcome to Fight Club [:18]
16. Infectious Human Waste [3:21]
17. Sport Fucking [3:17]
18. Tyler's Secret Formula Soap [:37]
19. Chemical Burn [1:05]
20. The Middle Children of History [1:47]
21. Homework [4:41]
22. Jack's Smirking Revenge [:57]
23. Project Mayhem [5:41]
24. Human Sacrifice [:58]
25. Space Monkeys [:20]
26. Psycho Boy [7:38]
27. A Near-life Experience [4:00]
28. Tyler Says Goodbye [1:37]
29. Operation Latte Thunder [5:42]
30. Déjà Vu [2:09]
31. Changeover [5:09]
32. Mea Culpa [:12]
33. Castrating Cops [:37]
34. Kicking and Screaming [3:48]
35. Walls of Jericho [1:53]
36. End Credits [1:22]
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Menu

Disc #1: The Feature
   Play
   Set Up
   Special
      David Fincher
      David Fincher, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton & Helena Bonham Carter
      Chuck Palahniuk and Jim Uhls
      Alex McDowell, Jeff Cronenweth, Michael Kaplan, & Kevin Haug
Disc #2
   Crew
      Brad Pitt
      Edward Norton
      Helena Bonham Carter
      Meatloaf Aday
      Jared Leto
      David Fincher
      Jim Uhls
      Chuck Palahniuk
      Art Linson
      Cean Chaffin
      Ross Grayson Bell
      Arnon Milchan
      Jeff Cronenweth
      Alex McDowell
      Michael Kaplan
      James Haygood
      Rob Bottin
      The Dust Brothers
   Work
      Production
         Alternate Main Titles
            Angle 1
            Angle 2
            Angle 3
            Angle 4
            Audio 1
            Audio 2
            Brain Ride-map
         Airport
            Angle 1
            Angle 2
            Play Both
            Audio 1
            Audio 2
            Audio 3
            Storyboards
         Jack's Condo
            Angle 1
            Angle 2
            Play Both
            Audio 1
            Audio 2
            Audio 3
            Storyboards
         Paper Street House
            Angle 1
            Angle 2
            Play Both
            Audio 1
            Audio 2
         Projection Booth
            Angle 1
            Angle 2
            Play Both
            Audio 1
            Audio 2
            Storyboards
         Corporate Art Ball
            Angle 1
            Angle 2
            Play Both
            Audio 1
            Audio 2
            Storyboards
      Visual Effects
         Main Title
            Audio 1
            Audio 2
            Brain Ride-map
         Furni Catalog
            Audio 1
            Storyboards
         Ice Cave/power Animal
            Audio 1
            Storyboards
         Photogrammetry
            Audio 1
            Storyboards
         Mid-air Collision
            Audio 1
            Audio 2
         Sex Sequence
            Audio 1
            Storyboards
         Car Crash
            Audio 1
            Audio 2
            Storyboards
         Gunshot
            Audio 1
         High Rise Collapse
            Audio 1
      On Location
   Missing
      Chloe And Rupert
         Play
      Marla's Pillow Talk
         Play
      Copier Abuse
         Play
      Tyler Quits Smoking/jack Quits Work
         Play Angle 1
         Play Angle 2
      Angel Face's Beating
         Play Angle 1
         Play Angle 2
      Walter
         Play
      Tyler's Goodbye
         Play
   Advertising
      Trailers
         Theatrical Teaser
         Theatrical Trailer
      TV Spots
         Getting Excited
         The Real You
         Friendship
         #1 Movie
         Undeniably Brilliant
         Raw & Exhilarating
         Beyond the Limits
         What He Found
         This Is Your Life Revised
         Perfect Life
         God's
         Girl's Club Alternate
         Trailer Cut Down
         Getting Excited
         This Is Your Life/Review
      PSA's
         Jack's PSA
         Tyler's PSA
      Music Video
      Internet Spots
         I Know You
         Deliver Me
         Change Your Life
         Football
         Mona Lisa/Rel
      Promotional Gallery
         Lobby Cards/Advertising
         Press Kit
         Stills
      Edward Norton Interview
   Art
      Storyboards
      Visual Effects Stills
      Paper Street House
      Costumes & Makeup
      Brain Ride-map
      Pre-production Paintings
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  • Posted June 23, 2011

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    i am jack's review of fight club

    i remember my brother watching this movie before i did, and he told me it sucked. so that kind of scared me away from it. then i found it cheap in wal-mart so i decided to give it a try, and wow, my brother sucks because he made me not watch it for awhile. this movie has everything, violence (extreme violence), comedy, mystery. if you haven't watched it yet give it a try, it may not be for everyone, but it is still a good movie with great actors.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    Extraordinary movie

    If you enjoy a story that you cannot predict, or if you enjoy philological thrillers such as V for Vendetta or The Game, you will enjoy this movie. Fight club is not your everyday movie that is about mindless and shallow violence, with an original plot and many twists in the story it is sure to keep the viewers' attention. Fight club for those who have not seen in it, is definitely a movie you will talk about afterwards. It puts an interesting spin on commercialism and is sure to go down in the history as one of the greatest films ever written and directed. The movie itself is now 12 years old and it continues to be listed as many people favorite movie. With its dark comedy and thrilling plot it undoubtedly is like no movie you have ever seen. In 2003 it was listed as one of the top 50 guy's movies, and in 2004 and in 2006 it was voted as the eighth or ninth greatest movie of all time. The line "The first rule of fight club is you do not talk about fight club" as rated as the 27th greatest movie line of all time. I would recommend reading the novel before watching the movie. Like all books made into a movie it is not quite as good as the book. The book captures the message of story even better than the movie, but the movie does a good job portraying the books overall message.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    "The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club..."

    "Fight Club" is easily one of the greatest movies I have ever seen. This shouldn't be considered a bold statement for anyone who has seen the movie or read the book, as you are most likely to agree with me. But, I know that there are many people who would choose to stay away from the 'Cult Classic' that this has become; I was one of them. For many years I had avoided the movie "Fight Club" with the rational fear of being disappointed. Chuck Palahniuk's novel had been such an experience that I preferred to stay in the dark when it came to the big-screen interpretation. I can admit that I make mistakes in life. This movie is brilliant, and again, this shouldn't be considered a bold statement. Even after reading the book, you cannot begin to prepare for this movie; even knowing the conclusion, your mind cannot wrap around the end. I can watch this movie on numerous occasions and still feel like I am seeing it for the first time. The "Aha!" factor is endless. I won't compare the movie to the book because both are two totally different experiences and shouldn't be examined so closely. I still enjoy and continue to recommend both, often. But, for your consideration: they do have differences as most book/movie adaption does. So, after saying that, I would probably suggest watching the movie first; get your mind blown away, then read the book for the genesis of such an adventure. Even Chuck Palahniuk considered the movie to be an improvement on his novel. I could go on and on to try and convince you how great this movie is, what I can't do is tell you WHY it's so great without spoiling something; so I'm sorry if I seem purposefully vague. But I CAN try to entice you with a shirtless Brad Pitt, a powerless Edward Norton and a delightfully dark Helena Bonham Carter. ;) Watch "Fight Club". You won't be disappointed. You won't look at soap the same way again. And you won't listen to Meat Loaf without thinking of big boobs. Just remember to follow the rules - I heard they're so crucial, that they had to write the first rule twice... :)

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Bizarre Flick, But Totally Cool!

    Brad Pitt and Edward Norton were at the top of their game in this movie...fantastic! This is probably one of my favorite movies from during the latter part of the 90s. I simply had to procure this one on blue ray. I got the other version of the blue ray of this, but it wouldn't, for some reason, let me do up a review on that one, so I had to revert to this one to write this review. Normally, older movies like this that I was previously familiar with I don't bother writing a review on here for...because then I would be writing a ton of reviews, and I already write a lot of reviews. However...this is one from the past that I felt was definitely review-worthy, for sure...and it was an obvious choice for upgrade to blue ray, and in honor of that, I simply had to come on here and share. There are even a few extra things added in this version too...and p.s. to any of you who may have bought the 10th anniversary edition or are planning to buy the 10th anniversary edition, when you pop the disc in and it fires up, don't worry...that first selection screen that shows up is just a gag...it's still Fight Club! You'll see when you put it in. I almost about lost it, but then realized what was going on after a second. There are a few brief elements about this movie I wasn't a big fan of, but nothing big, and definitely over lookable...because this movie as a whole is friggin awesome. One of the best movies ever, no question. If any of you reading this have never seen it, (and that means no younger than high school aged, I might add, because this movie isn't for youngins), I suggest you get on the ball and check it out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the most aggressively brilliant films ever made!

    Fight Club doesn't pull its punches, it doesn't sugar-coat the truth. It gets in the smug faces of everyone and tells them how life really is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    Better than the previous VHS and DVD versions. Brad Pitt and Edward Norton play simply unforgettable roles in this eye opening movie. 2 thumbs up, BUY THIS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant

    The best movie I have ever seen. It is great not only for it's cinematography, but because there is a great story backing it up. If you have not read Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, then you definitely need to go find it and read it. Palahniuk is my favorite author and I'm glad Fight Club was made into a big movie. Watch the movie a lot, you always get more out of it everytime you watch it, and read the book..... you won't be sorry.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    wow a cool movie

    Fight Club was a deep movie mostly a comedy and Brad Pitt did a great job as the charcter Tyler Duhmore where he has fight clubs down in the basement and Edward Norton did a good job as the guy who could'nt sleep this is a real good movie there must be a book on the movie if there is somebody please let me know cause i enjoyed the movie!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    "3 minutes, this is it, ground zero"

    From the jump this movie sucks you in and dares you to try and get away. a must have for any movie collection.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    so cool!

    ahhh the day me and my friends saw this movie. we used to have backyard fights before this movie. and the whole networking in the movie was like what we did. good times. but yeah this movie was cool fresh and new atleast at the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    1: you don't talk about fight club!

    An intelectual understanding on life, while contradicting the outlook of most. Overcoming all fears with making new ones. THE best movie in the WORLD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Our Great Depression is our lives..."

    "Our Great War is spiritual." And so you know the premise of my generation and why Fight Club has hit the nail on the head, so to speak. We have no World War II or Vietnam, our War is a travesty, as Tyler Durton recounts. What this dark comedy drama makes compelling is the darkness of the urban life as tragedy and dross turned into violence and inspiration. Wait, did I just say those two words in the same sentence: inspiration and violence. Yes, I did. In the almost fascistic environment of Fight Club, the nameless corporate robot played well by Ed Norton meets charismatic soap salesman Tyler Durton played by Brad Pitt (in arguably his best role), they start an underground movement of frustrated males longing for meaning, even if it means a punch to the face. Rule number one: Never talk about Fight Club.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The first rule of Project Mayhem..

    ...is you MUST watch this movie. This is a brilliant adaptation of Chuck Palahnuik's work. Plus. It's fun to watch Edward Norton beat himself up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Project Mayhem

    I don't think there's any guy in this country who doesn't secretly want to be a part of fight club. The Ideals of Tyler Durden make complete sense in his own, twisted and neurotic, way. Fight Club is a definative film with a definative message. I recomend it to everyone above the age of 13.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of the manliest romantic comedic thriller action dramas

    fight club is probably one of the greatest films ever(just my opinion).one of the darkest comedies ever.some parts are very emotional, other parts grotesque, but they all come together to make one of the most interesting films ever.david fincher is a provocative director, and i look forward to more of his films

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I thought that fight club was an exellent movie. I think that the average person can say that he wishes that he could fight anyone who needed to be humbled at will. And not get into trouble for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    From the Mind of Chuck Palahniuk

    This film is simply a masterpiece. Not because of any dazzling special effects, or high profile actors. What makes this movie a masterpiece is the stunning originality and the amazing intensity of the storyline, and filming style. Author Chuck Palahniuk takes us where most people would never dare to venture on their own...inside the mind of an average Joe psychopath. The story is intense, thrilling, and unique from start to finish. And director David Fincher portrays Chuck Palahniuks story with a unique style of intense surrealism. All of the "obvious but not to obvious subliminal messages" along with the shockingly real portrayal of the American Consumer, makes this movie a must see for all movie lovers, no matter what genre they prefere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SUCK!

    all i saw what nothen it was boring had no structure and no plot just random scences and it made no sure i bored my self to death even the fight scences sucked nothing interesting i dont no how ppl love it yet its so boring i will definatly say find a better movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the greatest movie ever made known to man!

    Fight Club has changed my life since seeing this outstanding movie. Fight Club is absolutely my favorite movie of all time. I heard about this movie from my cusin and I have told so many people about it and had them watch it. The book that started the movie is the greatest book in my opinion, it cured me of my hate toward reading. Fight club is the altimate guy movie! The movie has moved me like nothing before, it was what made me have the desire to become a writer and director! I definatly recommend this for every man and women who is depressed, ANGERY, or just wanting to see a movie that is perfection! NOW GET OFF THE COMPUTER AND GO RENT IT AT BLOCKBUSTER, NOW!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OK movie

    I thought this movie had pretty sweet fight scenes. Those scenes were one of the few cool things about it though. My main problem was that the movie stole ideas from elsewhere. For example one of the main themes- trying to find out who you really are was blantly stolen from Dumbo. Another big theme-struggling against materialism- was stolen from Fast Times at Ridgemont Times. The final theme of finding love and losing it then refinding it was done best in the movie Beaches starring Bette Midler. I feel that Meatloafs performance really stole the whole movie. Meatloaf was convincing as an overweight middleage man. The guy who played the mayor was also pretty good. I would have the same expression if someone was going to remove my one eyed weasel's two round companions.

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