“You think anyone can do what I do? You think anyone can make the crap I make?”

For those of you that have read my post on “The World According to Garp,” you remember me stating, “My conservative family (mom and dad) are very interesting to me. They knew that when they first saw this next film (referencing “Garp”), they were watching excellence, even though a lot of the source material made them feel uncomfortable.”

I know…I quoted myself… #PretentiousDoucheMuch ???

My point being, the first time that I saw “Grand Canyon,” I had a similar reaction.  I knew for certain that it was excellence.  It was unlike any movie I had seen before, but I didn’t know how to describe it to my friends or what to say about it.

I remember watching it with my mother.

After the first scene, when Simon (Danny Glover) helps Mack (Kevin Kline) with his broken down car, we kind of looked at each other and thought–this is weird.

Mack ends up in a rough part of town when his car decides to stop on him.  He goes into the gas station to contact a tow truck, when he leaves to go be with his car, he is approached by a thug that has the intent to rob him and murder him.  Simon shows up in the middle of the conversation and just starts to simply do his job like nothing dangerous is happening at all.  Mack and the thug have a similar reaction–wtf???

The villain ain’t having it and approaches Simon now.  Simon just plays it cool and calls it what it is.  He’s here to do a job and help get this man and his car home.  His logic wins out and the thief leaves.  Mack, as you can imagine, is beyond grateful.

It’s one of the best written scenes I’ve seen unfold and the beauty of it is how simple it is. There’s no gun shots, no fisticuffs, just logic and conversation that wins out.

Watching “Grand Canyon” is like watching a series of philosophical conversations amongst friends.  As philosophical as the conversations are, they are not “deep” in a jargon filled sense.  The dialogue and script are brilliant by the great Lawrence Kasdan and Meg Kasdan.  We understand the meaning behind the rants, the statements, and the emotional monologues.  Each character that speaks believes everything that they say along with the people that they are talking to.

The cast is lights out:

Grand Canyon cast

Kevin KlineDanny GloverSteve MartinMary McDonnellMary-Louise Parker, and Alfre Woodard.

Watching these professionals play off of each other is a rare pleasure that most movies never find.  Each one of them is perfect in the roles they are given and the passion of their craft truly shines from each performance.  It was as if all of them wanted to be a part of this movie, rather than doing it for just another paycheck.

When it was all over, I remember not being sure if my mother had enjoyed what had just unfolded in front of us.

The credits started to roll…

The music played…

*A brief pause.*

“Now that was really a good movie,” my mother said.

I smiled.  I couldn’t agree more…


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13 thoughts on ““You think anyone can do what I do? You think anyone can make the crap I make?”

  1. This was a great movie and I love your memoirs about it. It’s inviting us to sit and take it in with a new first time perspective. You show us that we can watch these movies over and over and find something new and fresh about it again and again. I love what you do here and I will always be a fan of yours. Thank you Clint… Sandy

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    1. Sandy. You’re so kind. Thank you. I couldn’t do this without you and others like you. The amazing thing about Grand Canyon is it is just that. A movie that can be viewed many times (like Pulp Fiction) and you could gather new information on every viewing…great film.


  2. You are right. There are some movies eternally watchable and the more you watch them the better they get. For me, they tend to be movies about relationships, moments, conversations, and the beauty of human interaction. Of course, there are adventure movies that are always entertaining and also movies that are so beautiful to watch… Thanks so much.

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    1. Those work for me too Olga. Grand Canyon is one such movie. I think I could watch it 10 more times and still pick up some new information each time. It’s just such a well thought out and crafted masterpiece.


  3. Thanks for this review. Due to high sensitivity to nightmares and negative thoughts, I’m cautious to try movies that might be violent. Sounds like this film takes up this intercity violence on a different plane of thinking. I always appreciate new thinking and New Thought. We are surrounded by an ocean of negative and generational thought, which requires us to examine everything we read, watch or listen to. For that reason I do not own a TV nor watch much popular content. Happen to love the BBC Mystery series, so a few nights a week we watch a who-dun-it.

    Have you viewed “The Zoo Keepers Wife: a War Story”? I read the book and wanted to see it despite the WWII violence. I think they did a far job of hitting the most important notes.

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    1. I have viewed The Zookeeper’s Wife…if you struggle with unnecessary Nazi animal murder, be warned. Fantastic film, regardless. I would love to hear your thoughts on Grand Canyon…when time allows.


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