A bumbling mailroom clerk is promoted to president of
Hudsucker Industries as part of a stock exchange scam.
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Written by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Sam Raimi
Starring Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Newman,
Charles Durning, John Mahoney, Bill Cobbs, Bruce Campbell
The Hudsucker Proxy is not the Coens' best, but it's a far cry from their worst. The film is awfully stylized and at times, doesn't feel like a Coen film. I guess that could be in part to Sam Raimi, who co-wrote the film with the Coens. Still, the film is enjoyable and doesn't fall flat.
The Hudsucker Proxy shines with its performances, especially Tim Robbins and Paul Newman. Robbins plays a naive business college graduate perfectly and Newman is just as great as the typical businessman villain. John Mahoney is hilarious as the newspaper chief who talks really, really fast because it's 1958. Jennifer Jason Leigh plays the typical 1950's fast-talking reporter who "wants to get the big scoop" and her performance helps add to the overly stylized nature of the film. Still, like I said, the film is enjoyable and does not tarnish the record of the Coens.