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LAKE PLACID

Directed by Steve Miner

Written by David E. Kelley

Starring Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt,
Brendan Gleeson, and the masterfully cast Betty White

My Advice: See it in a theater

Rating: out of

Well, let's listen to a story bout a small town Sheriff (Gleeson). He's got a big old nasty gator hogging a lake that he can't share in. And then one day when the gator ate a diver as some food, well out of a 'coptor comes a bumbling rube!! (Platt), that is. Set a spell. Let him bite your head off. Ya'll come back now ya hear??

Dull dull ever so dull warden (Pullman) becomes involved and is shortly followed by a paleontologist (Fonda). And she actually gets on the lake in a boat with these guys!!! Girls, you know what I mean. One sight of this big sucker and I am on the next plane to Tibet. Let them catch it themselves. I'll stick to the occasional loose guinea pig.

In all fairness, this movie comes from that genre of scary flicks that is liberally dosed with humor. It's a hard seesaw to balance but they manage it nicely. The rapport is witty and Brendan Gleeson proves to be more than capable as the exasperated Sheriff Keogh.  Betty White proves once again to be Golden. The movie, at times, is hers and hers alone.

I would normally advise this one as a rental but the masterful special effects almost demand you see it on the big screen cause, dayum, that croc is huge. Go see.

 

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