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Let Steven Rea Warm Your Heart With “Funny Drive”

In response to Steven Rea’s 584‑word review of Nebraska on Philadelphia Inquirer

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Steven Rea looks after cantankerous old coots and reflects on cinema past in the meditative “Nebraska: A poignant, funny drive into the sunset.” The critic offers a nice Holiday gift to his audience with his latest work, and it will surely grace the living room tables of many during the upcoming Thanksgiving. Be thankful for Rea and his words of wisdom.

Funny Drive is not sprawling and vast with critique. No, it’s a gentle and pleasant read that is more of an experience than a deep analysis. Rea makes an excellent comparison with the plot of a classic Preston Sturges flick, and images of black and white Paramount credits will undoubtedly please review connoisseurs.

Comedy is tackled with precision in Funny Drive, and Rea appears to have a found a special place of insight beyond all the drama and old people. Specific scenes of the film are used as examples, and some tunnel-vision readers may experience a brief lightbulb flash. That’s when you know you have a winner.

The character analysis of Funny Drive is satisfactory, but Rea could have expanded just a bit more to take the work to the next level. However, the focus is more on the mood of the film and the critic succeeds in that regard.

Funny Drive is a swell read and will be all the talk during Philly Thanksgiving dinners.    

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