Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise
Director: Barry Levinson
Another suggestion, this time from a co-worker. She was absolutely flabbergasted that I had not seen this movie. It's just that it was never on my radar, but I'm glad I finally checked it out - it's a great movie.
Tom Cruise is Charlie Babbitt, a fast-dealing salesman who's father has just passed away. And the only thing that Charlie gets in his father's will? A fancy old car and the knowledge he has an older brother, Raymond - one who is autistic, but quite literally a genius. Charlie takes it upon himself to steal Raymond away from the hospital he's staying at to selfishly get his father's inheritance. It's a great road trip movie - but not exactly a typical one, either. I thought Hoffman was brilliant and much deserving of his Oscar win. Cruise is good, but once again, he's playing that same character over again!
The movie has aged very well - it's still as fresh and fun now as it probably was back then. It's just got a good combination of laughs and drama that works so well. I don't know what else to say except that if you haven't seen it, it's worthy of your time!
Rating: Rent It!