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Get Low

Updated on December 29, 2012

Inspired off a true story that turned into a tall tale....about a man seeking redemption

The story I'm about to tell you about is unlike any that you've probably ever heard before, as it's certainly one that I never heard of before until today. An elderly man wishes to not only throw a big funeral party, where people would celebrate and honor his death...but he wants it now...while he's alive... I know some you reading this probably think that's crazy, and I'll even admit it's not a usual request a person would have. Seriously, who heard of throwing a funeral party? Especially when that person being honored isn't even six feet under yet? Regardless of how we may feel about that prospect, it's certainly not an odd one to Felix Bush (Robert Duvall), who wants to invite anyone to the funeral, who has a story to tell about him. What starts off as a huge publicity stunt by Frank Quinn (Bill Murray), to cater to Bush's every whim and absurd request; ranging from a funeral party to selling five dollar lottery tickets to see who gets Felix's house and five acres of land, when he's dead. As I said before, this is hardly a normal request. Then again...neither is Felix. Hence, how the tall tale begins.

However, even though at first, it was intentioned that everyone who knew a story about Felix was invited to come to his funeral. As it turns out, they were actually there to hear a different story they never heard before.....his... For you see, over the years there have been many lies and rumors spread about Felix, as being a mean old coot that's been known for various violent acts. When in reality, he's not a violent person. He never was. He was a hermit trapped in isolation, due to a guilty conscience. A man that has kept a secret that has torn him up inside for forty years, and all he wants is to be able to tell his story. Now, I won't tell you what that particular incident was, but I will say this. Who are we to judge him? Am I saying what he did was harmless? Certainly not, but we all make mistakes. As Rev. Charlie Jackson (Bill Cobbs) said so eloquently:

"People always like to believe that right and wrong are often miles and miles apart, and easily distinguishable. However, in reality, it's never that easy to distinguish, as there's a lot of gray areas in life. Where the difference between right and wrong can be very be hard to tell, as they're often meshed into each other."

Thus, is the story of "Get Low." It's not just a comedy about a man wanting throw his own funeral party while he's alive, it's about a man seeking redemption. Seeking redemption from a terrible mistake he's made, and has been punishing himself by living in isolation ever since. Now, all he wants is for his story to finally be told so when he dies for real, he won't have to die with the terrible secret of the mistake he's made. In the end, isn't that what we all want in life? To die not carrying our mistakes to the grave, as people spread false rumors about any of us. Plus, who cares if he made a mistake? It doesn't make him a bad person. To air is human and in the end, the important thing about making mistakes is that one must learn to forgive even themselves. That's the moral of the story of "Get Low." Sure, it's not anywhere near as commercially popular as other comedies like "The Other Guys", but it doesn't have to be. No, this story is so interesting and complex, within it's own simplicity, that it immediately grabs the viewer's attention from start to finish. Truly, one of the best comedies of the year if you ask me.

Alas, lets not forget about the actors either, as Bill Murray does a great job pulling off the typical opportunistic funeral home owner. Who sees this as more of a financial opportunity than a chance to help a elderly man fulfill a dying wish. While Robert Duvall plays the serious yet "don't mess with me or I'll shoot you" type attitude like it's nobody's business. You put those two characters together within a small town atmosphere that's reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting, along with a great story, then you have yourself one helluva a movie.

As I said before, "Get Low" isn't your typical comedy, but it's definitely one the best out there as far as I'm concerned. Earning a solid three and a half out of four. "Get Low" fails to disappoint it's viewers, as it entices it's audience from the beginning, and all the way to the surprise ending that will have audiences gasping.


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    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Mega, as that means a lot coming from you. :) Yeah, I don't disagree with you there, as I always thought he was a good actor since I saw him in "the Godfather." Plus, it's always interesting to see how an actor's career evolves over time. Like with Bill Murray on how he used to make a lot of main stream comedies to where now he's doing more Independent work these days. At least to me, it's always interesting to see. lol. Anyways, thanks again for stopping by Mega, as it's always a pleasure talking to you. :)

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      7 years ago

      Yeah, we agree on this one - I love Robert Duvall's face, don't you? He can be such an old softy, but also stern and threatening. One of the very best actors we have, and its fun to watch them all growing older with us - feels like they're part of my family, Duvall and Murray and some others. This film wasn't a real humdinger, but it was fun to watch on an otherwise boring afternoon and quietly laugh with some other humans. Good review, as usual, Steven

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      Steven Escareno 

      8 years ago


      lol. Respect man! Thanks again for sharing your thoughts with us.

      @faybe bay

      Aw thanks Faybe. That really means a lot to me coming from you, as I always valued your opinion. :) you truly are a great friend. I'm glad to hear that my movie reviews help you out, as I hope many others feel the same way.

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      8 years ago

      No worries, man. One love! Respect!

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      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      I hadn't even heard of this film until you reviewed it, but I don't really watch a lot of TV or listen to the radio since I'm not working. I think this is one I would definitely go to see based on your review. As for the joker, I don't know who he/she is to attack your ethics on reviews. You give your readers what they want, and that's what a writer is supposed to do. As far as critics go, they become critics by sitting through the bad films as well as the good and reviewing both. I always check for your reviews when I think about whether to spend money on seeing a movie. It could be "two hours out of my life that I'll never get back" as my daughter says, I don't want to waste money on something I'll regret as a waste of time! You always let us know the real deal.

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      8 years ago

      Actually, I wasn't planning on reviewing "Going the Distance" or the "Nanny McPhee" Sequel, as I doubt seriously they're going to do that well at the box office considering its competing with "Machete" and "The American." However, if your trying to say that you want me to review them, then I'll be sure to put them on my list of movies to see.

      Look Joker, I don't know what your deal is, but are you saying that all I do is review notoriously bad films? If that's the case, then are you saying films like "Shutter Island" and "Inception" (to name a few as I have many other great films), as those are ON my list of films that I have written on hubpages in the past as well.

      You may not be aware of this, but I do take my reviews at hubpages very seriously. Unlike most people on here that only review certain genres of film that peak their interest to begin with, I try to review a bit all types of movies that appeal not only to me, but to everyone else. Hence, why I do go out of my way to see bad films that even I know will turn out to suck. I don't have to do that, but I do it for my readers. As I know that's what professional critics do like Peter Travers and Roger Ebert. Not that I would ever dare compare myself to any of those guys, as they're simply the best at what they do. However, I do try to emulate them. Which is exactly why I try to review all types of films regardless of their genre or quality to inform my readers. Since you seem to have a notoriously good idea on how you think I pick out films to review, then all I have to say to you is that's an interesting theory. Unfortunately, you'd be wrong to assume that. As I can tell you exactly what my usual formula is for picking out which films to review.

      One, I look at popularity of the film. If I know a film that's coming out that's expected to be very popular, in terms of money, during it's opening weekend, then I'll make it a point to see it. Why? Because of the clicks it'll get me on hubpages. duh!

      Second, I make it a point to review films that have a lot oscar buzz around them or favored by a lot of professional films critics. Why? They generate clicks for me here...especially around Oscar time if some those films actually get nominated.

      Third, fan requests. If a reader requests a hub from me, then I will gladly review that film for them. I don't care what genre it is, or even if it's a genre i hate like "Dance' movies. I'll still see it. Why? Because I don't want to lose my readers and if they ask me to review a film, then I will try to judge it unbiasedly as I would a film I wanted to see like "Inception."

      As for independent films, that's where it gets a bit tricky. Unfortunately, I really don't have time to watch as much independent films as I would like, but I do make it a point to see as many as I can. Especially the ones that are often very unique as possible like this one.

      Anyways, I hope that answers your question as to how I manage to pick out movies to review. As there is a method to my madness as you can tell.

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      8 years ago

      That's what I'm talking about! A good movie he reviews for a change! Next up: the crud that is being processed as Drew Barrymore's most recent vehicle, 'Going The Distance,' followed by Emma Thompson cashing it in for the sequel, 'Nanny McPhee Returns' (why, Emma? Is Merchant-Ivory out of business?) and ending with the garbage that is 'Resident Evil 4000000000000000000000000000000000.' You can bet the first person in line will be Stevennix2001 and his "connections"!


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