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RIP John Ritter

Yesterday was the birthday of the late actor John Ritter.

Best remembered for playing Jack Tripper on the classic 1970’s series Three’s Company (1976-1984), John Ritter is a comedy legend. His ability to up the ante on a physical gag left audiences laughing long after they turned off the television.

While he was known for his comedy, John Ritter could also play a creepy character.

In 1997, he played Ted Buchanan, the boyfriend of Buffy’s mother on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Needless to say, his intentions were less than normal.

For my generation, he is remembered as the idealistic father in Problem Child. Ben (John Ritter) and Flo (Amy Yasbeck, his IRL second wife and widow) cannot have children naturally. They turn to an adoption agency to find a child. Junior (Michael Oliver) may look angelic, but looks are deceiving.

RIP, thanks for the laughs.

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Throwback Thursday-Movies Celebrating Their Silver Anniversaries- Pretty Woman (1990), Goodfellas (1990) And Problem Child (1990)

For a movie to be remembered and talked about 25 years after it’s initial release, it has to be something special. While there are some movies from 1990 that are barely worthy of one viewing, Pretty Woman, Goodfellas and Problem Child are worthy of multiple viewings, especially 25 years later.

In Pretty Woman, Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) is a business man who is in Los Angeles for a week on business. Desiring company for the week, he hires a prostitute, Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) to join him for the week.  What starts out as a business transaction becomes something much more.

In terms of rom-coms, this movie ranks as one of the best. While the formula is simple, the story is just enough to keep the viewer engaged to the very end.

Goodfellas is the gold standard of gangster movies. Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) is a small time gangster. When he teams up with James Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci), their goals become much bigger.  As James and Tommy begin to climb up the mob hierarchy, Henry begins to feel resentful. To bring his partners down, how far will he go?

While I am not normally a fan of the gangster movies, this movie is an interesting tale of how far we will go to achieve our goals, even it means betraying our closest allies.

Junior (Michael Oliver), in Problem Child, is well, a problem child. He has been adopted and returned to the orphanage several times. The nuns who run the orphanage know all too well what Junior is capable of. Ben (the late John Ritter) and Flo (Amy Yasbeck) are unable to have children the old fashioned way and turn to adoption. They hope to adopt a sweet, loving child. Instead they get Junior.

I remember thinking, that as a kid, this movie was incredibly funny.  While it does not stand the test of time as other movies from the early 1990’s do, I still have fond memories of this film.

I recommend all three.

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