Grand Canyon
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Director Lawrence Kasdan's Grand Canyon is a gathering of random events, uniting the film's wildly divergent protagonists. Driving home from an LA Lakers game, Mack (Kevin Kline), an immigration attorney, is stranded in an unsavory part of town when his car breaks down. He is rescued from a gang of hoods by Simon (Danny Glover), an African-American tow truck driver, inaugurating a friendship between these two men. Mack offers to repay Simon's kindness by helping his sister (Tina Lifford) find an apartment in a better neighborhood, and by arranging a blind date between Simon and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"This is the sound of a filmmaker wrestling (transparently) with ideas, talking at but not quite down to his audience."
‑ Eric Hynes, Village Voice
"For long stretches of this offbeat and innovative film, the viewer truly has no idea what will happen next and many reasons to care."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Well written and acted ensemble film. Deserved to do so much better at the box office."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Kasdan semi-revisits "Big Chill" territory in this well-acted dramatic ensemble."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"[An] earnest, often moving but not totally successful film."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Even when he wasn't trying, Kasdan's camera found tragedy, as with the opening footage of Magic Johnson, filmed before anybody knew he had the AIDS virus. The filmmaker and his team have truly caught society on the verge."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Very much an ensemble-driven zeitgeist film like Kasdan's previous Big Chill, this serio comedy about urban angst in contemporary LA may be a bit pretentious in its symbolic aspirations, but it proved prophetic in some of its ideas."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The search for meaning is vividly conveyed in this excellent film that speaks directly to the heart and soul."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"If this disaster-packed parable often smacks of melodramatic contrivance, it does at least benefit from solid performances and direction, and a leavening line in sardonic humour."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It maps these dark, desperate, fearful times with comic and terrifying veracity, and holds out a glimmer of hope for the soul-searching survivors of the '90s."
‑ Joe Brown, Washington Post
"Mack: 'Why is it that when someone's successful in one field, they think they know about everything?' Gee Mack, I dunno. Ask Larry Kasdan."
‑ Oz,
"Kasdan paints a rather bleak picture of the direction the world seems to be taking. But he also suggests the hope for the future lies within each of us, and the little examples in his film illustrate the point very well."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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