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Page 8-The Michigan Daily- Wednesday, September 23, 1992

by Michelle Phillip

Ouch! Seems like Ameri
smarting from its only los
America's Cup race. Appar
only way to get this monkey
backs, aside from actually
the Cup, is to make "W:
cheesy film that depicts the
Directed by Carroll Ballard; w
by Rudy Wurlitzer and Mac
Gudgeon; with Matthew Modi
and Jennifer Grey
American team went thr
bring it back.
The uncomplicated and u
native plot in "Wind" atte
combine two separate stor
one. The first story is pretty
Wil Parker (Matthew Modin
the America's Cup, becor
pressed, then has a sudden b
courage and embarks on a mii
regain the Cup. Somewher
the line, in story #2, Wil br
with his girlfriend and tea
Kate Bass (Jennifer Grey).
Director Carroll Ballard+

truly blows
do much to breathe life into an es-
ca is still sentially dull script. "Wind" has the
s in the potential to make it as a cute ac-
ently the tion/romance, but it falls flat with its
y off our lifeless characters and the snail's
winning pace rhythm.
Tind," a Grey's Kate Bass has no place in
hell the the film. She is supposed to be the
feminist touch, but rather than being
strong and tough minded, she's an-
noying and whiny. In fact, the whole
ritten romance between Grey and Modine
lacks chemistry. Their scenes to-
ne gether are forced and contrived. It is
hard to believe them as a couple.
"Wind" would work much better
)ugh to if it were devoted to the America's
Cup race, but that aspect of the film
nimagi- is not developed well enough and
mpts to comes across as half-ass. The racing
ies into sequences are constructed well
simple. enough to sustain themselves, but
ie) loses it's snooze time when the team is out
nes de- of the water. The building of the ship
burst of and the raising of money and the
ission to clashing of egos just creeps along
e along without accomplishing anything.
eaks up The urge to get up and walk out of
ammate the theater becomes insurmountable
at such times.

did not

WIND is playing at Showcase

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by Alison Levy
Two guys with bad hair and one with broken
teeth plan a midnight run to Canada in hopes of
smuggling dope across the border. Just another
event on Bob Probert's social calendar? No. This
is the Premise for Detroit-born writer/director
Mike Binder's film "Crossing the Bridge." And
Crossing the Bridge
Directed and written by Mike Binder;
with Josh Charles, Jason Gedrick, and Stephen
like most roadtrips this one starts off fun, slows
down in the middle and then gets really exciting
right before the end.
The coming-of-age story, set in 1975 Detroit,
centers on aspiring sitcom writer Mort Golden

(Josh Charles) and his high school friends,
Danny (Stephen Baldwin) and Tim (Jason
Gedrick). The trio has done basically nothing in
the three years since graduation. While all their
friends have jobs or are getting college degrees,
these three are mentally and emotionally stuck in
high school.. Clad in their varsity jackets, Danny
and Tim relive their glory days of football while
Mort obsesses about a girl he dated for a month.
In the meantime they drink, get in fights,
drink, drive around in the "War Wagon", drink,
and drink some more. Naturally they eventually
need more money for beer. One of their friends
offers them $10,000 each to bring hash from
Canada, while passing through extremely strict
border control. Literally, they are trying to cross
the Ambassador safely, and figuratively, they're
trying to cross the bridge to adulthood.
Told in narrative flashback by Binder as
Mort, the film humorously introduces us to the

characters. At first glance they seem almost
stereotypical; Mort wants to write but has no
ambition and no father; Danny is the tarnished
football legend whose mother has died and father
went crazy; and Tim is the slightly over-the-edge
character whose favorite pastime is fist fighting
with his father. "And this group must somehow
form a family" ... blah blah blah. But Binder's
funny script combines with superb acting fleshes
out the likable bunch.
Charles ("Dead Poets Society") wonderfully
portrays Mort as someone that everyone has
known at some point in high school. He's not
that good-looking and his jokes aren't that funny,
but his sincere performance is very endearing.
Likewise for Gedrick. His edgy, brooding acting
may be due in part to the fact that his last big
film was "Iron Eagle II," but it works effectively
here. Only Baldwin turns in a mediocre
See CROSSING, Page 9

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