Super Lawyers
William C. Altreuter

Monday, November 23, 2009

"Klute" showed up in the mailbox the other day. It is very much a product of its time, I think, a sort of Second Wave feminist thriller. What works about it are the performances: Donald Sutherland generally rewards close watching, and Jane Fonda shows off the things we recall about her when we recall that she can really act. Watching "Klute" I was struck by the answer to a question that has bothered me for a while-- Is there any actor who has become reduced to the sum of tropes and tics more than Jack Nicholson? Fonda might be one. She's really of that generation, although she was Hollywood royalty, she is nevertheless part of that 60's milieu. She sports a wicked mullet in "Klute", which brings up another question: Has Jane Fonda been the victim of as many bad haircuts as Pete Rose?

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