Quick Movie Reviews
mitchellyoung - wrote on 12/10/2011
Barry Levinson has made a film that manages to be funny, nostalgic, and heartfelt in a way that echoes American Graffiti. The charisma and camraderie of the cast is a big reason as to why the film works so well, but Levinson should be credited for pulling fantastic performances out of his actors.
woody - wrote on 02/01/2011
Lots of the cast members went on to do many other things, but I think they all peaked early, with this nice little gem. Kevin Bacon, Ellen Barkin, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Steve Guttenberg. It's great to listen to them trying to adjust to life after high school. Their conversations draw you in, whether they're mundane or (at least to them) profound. It's sometimes in the images and dialogue of this movie that I look back on the late night conversations my pals and I had at Denny's as we faced changes in our lives.
bigbro - wrote on 08/06/2008
Another look at life in the US as the 50s drew to a close. It is grittier and more realistic than Lucas' American Graffiti. That said, AG is more entertaining and faster paced.
bwill - wrote on 07/29/2008
This is not a fast-paced film, so if you're skittish about coming-of-age stories, you'll want to skip it. Diner is a great character-driven story about 5 young men who don't want to grow up. They like their girls and just hanging out at their favorite Baltimore diner. But the trappings of adulthood come unexpectedly and swiftly to our heroes and difficult decisions must be made. Like it or not, they realize that there are consequences to actions and seeing those consequences are what truly defines growing up. The writing, acting, and direction are spot-on and there are some shots in this film that will make your jaw drop. Spend the week after Chrismas in 1959 Baltimore -- you'll be glad you did.