Open Season

"Movie Magazine International" Review

(Air Date: Week Of 5/97)

By Monica Sullivan

Sometimes films play at festivals and are never seen again, unless the filmmaker makes a deal with a cable network or a video distributor. "Open Season" poses the rather esoteric question: What would happen if all the television shows we THOUGHT had low ratings (like the ones on P.B.S.) suddenly were declared THE top-rated shows? Bet you've really stayed awake nights worrying about that one, huh? Well, in Robert Wuhl's 1995 film, it's a mistake, but the whole country thinks it's reality and our entire society changes as a result. I guess you might call this a high concept flick. The best thing about this movie is Maggie Han, who plays Wuhl's wife. Otherwise, good actors like Rod Taylor and Helen Shaver are wasted as nitwit television executives. Wuhl later played one of the nitwit movie executives in Mario Puzo's "The Last Don" for CBS.

Copyright 1997 Monica Sullivan

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