Welcome to 90 from the ‘90s; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate a film from the 1990s – a film that I’ve NEVER SEEN. Posting on a semi-regular basis, I aim to work my way through 90 movies that I’ve previously missed/avoided, recording my thoughts along the way.
I’m going to watch good films, bad films, forgotten classics, Oscar winners and everything in between. Some of these films you’ll be surprised I’ve never seen, others you’ll completely understand why I’ve avoided them for 20+ years.
The rules are as follows:
- The film must be from the 1990s (1990-1999)
- The film must be a movie I’ve not watched before
Today’s unseen ‘90s movie is…
Nope – never seen Flubber.
Oh, I’ve watched a clip here, I’ve caught a scene there, but I’ve never sat down to view the movie. And it’s not like I haven’t had the opportunity; Flubber has been on television countless times.
I think the reason I’ve not watched Flubber is possibly an age thing. The film came out in 1997, when I was around the age of 16. At this particular point in time I was going through the ‘teenage phase’ where I felt like Flubber was simply too young for me – and let’s be honest, it was.
Of course, now that I’m *cough* 37, I’m of the age where I’ll watch almost anything. I also spend most of my time wishing I was 16.
Alas, I am not 16 – but I can still watch Flubber with fresh eyes!
So, my understanding of this film is that Robin Williams plays an inventor who creates a bouncy substance called Flubber. Hilarity ensues, right?
Right, I’m ready. Let’s see what you got for me!
*Clicks the play button*
1min 30secs – So… Danny Elfman wrote the music for this film, right? It definitely sounds like Elfman. I’m getting Spider-Man/Batman vibes-a-plenty.
2mins 30secs – Yep, the music is the work of Elfman.
3mins 30secs – OK, so the film has started with Robin Williams demonstrating that he’s an absent minded professor. I’m now getting Honey I Shrunk the Kids vibes.
5mins 30secs – Robin Williams has just walked into a life drawing class by mistake. Or at least… that’s what he wants everyone to think. I once walked into a male strip club by mistake. Or at least… that’s what I wanted my husband to think.
6mins – I’m joking – he knows I went into that club simply to ask for directions on how to get AWAY from there. Is it my fault that I then spent an hour trying to find the way out?! Is it?!
12mins – I’m 12 minutes into this movie – wheres the Flubber? Show me the Flubber!
15mins – Ah, there it is!
15mins 30secs – So, Robin Williams has just inadvertently created slime!
16mins – I’m just trying to think if slime was particularly popular in 1997. I guess it would have been, right? I can’t recall. I know slime was VERY popular in the ’80s and into the early ’90s, with numerous toys (He-Man, Turtles, Ghostbusters etc), incorporating slime into their toy lines, but was it still as popular by the time this film hit cinema screens?
16mins 30secs – Does slime ever go out of fashion? Answers on a postcard (or in the comments section) please.
20mins – Oh, so it’s not slime; it’s flying rubber – hence the name, Flubber. Makes sense.
26mins – Wil Wheaton is in this movie?!
29mins – Clancy Brown is also in this film. As is Ted ‘Buffalo Bill’ Levine! Why has no one made him say:“It puts the Flubber in the basket”?
30mins – Clancy Brown and Ted Levine are dicking about outside the house of Robin Williams. I’m now starting to get a Home Alone vibe.
33mins – And now for a scene with a flying car… which is giving me Back to the Future II vibes.
39mins – Hmm… I’m less than half-way through this film and I have to say, I’m rather bored. Every few minutes I’m reminded of better films than this one and it’s making me want to watch those movies instead.
40mins – I feel like Robin Williams is holding back a little in this movie. Where’s the OTT Williams I know and love?
49mins – The Flubber is doing a dance routine. I think I’m supposed to be impressed by the effects here. I’m not.
49mins 10secs – Would I have been impressed by the Flubber dancing sequence back in 1997? Maybe. I was impressed with the graphics on the Playstation back in ’97, so who knows.
49mins 20secs – I’m not hating on the Playstation by the way, but the graphics weren’t that great.
51mins – Robin Williams is using Flubber to
cheat at a win a basketball game. See kids, you don’t need to work hard to win, you just need an advantage to screw over the competition!
1hr 3mins – Ted Levine is wasted in this movie; as is Clancy Brown.
1hr 5mins – So, Robin Williams is going to sell Flubber to Ford, so that the world can benefit from flying cars! Yeah, I think Flubber could be put to much better use than by giving humanity yet another way to increase the carbon footprint.
1hr 7mins – Clancy Brown and Ted Levine are breaking into the home of Robin Williams. Once again, the movie has gone very ‘Home Alone‘.
1hr 10mins – Robin Williams’ best friend (a robot) has died. For the first time in over an hour, Flubber is finally bringing something worthwhile to the table. Well… almost worthwhile.
1hr 19mins – I’m into the final ten minutes and things have gone full-on slapstick with Robin Williams bouncing off walls. This is possibly the best part of what has been a very boring film.
I’m sorry if you’re a big fan of Flubber, but I simply didn’t enjoy this movie. It’s not terrible, but it’s not good either.
Williams appears more restrained than usual; the effects are nothing special; the story is boring; and the whole film feels like a missed opportunity. So yeah, dull.
OK, so I’ve watched 67 movies from 90 from the ’90s, which means I have 23 films to go.
‘What’s next’, I hear you ask?
How about something from Tarantino?
Yep, on the next edition of 90 from the ’90s I will be watching a Tarantino movie I REALLY SHOULD HAVE WATCHED BY NOW. But what will it be?
You’ll have to come back to find out.
- Read: Part 68
For past entries in the 90 from the ’90s series, check out: The Big Lebowski (1998), FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992), Free Willy (1993), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), Air Bud (1997), Robin Hood (1991), Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999), Hercules and Xena: The Battle for Mount Olympus (1998), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991), F/X2: The Deadly Art of Illusion (1991), Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999), Showgirls (1995), American History X (1998), North (1994), Jack Frost (1998), Psycho (1998), A League of Their Own (1992), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Patch Adams (1998), My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), You’ve Got Mail (1998), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Graveyard Shift (1990), Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Striptease (1996), Indecent Proposal (1993), My Girl 2 (1994), The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), Poison Ivy (1996), Body of Evidence (1993), Turbulence (1997), Fatal Instinct (1993), True Romance (1993), Newsies (1992), Contact (1997), The Pelican Brief (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994), Shakespeare in Love (1998), A Perfect Murder (1998), Quigley Down Under (1990), Of Mice and Men (1992),Friday (1995), Mannequin on the Move (1991), She’s All That (1999), Double Dragon (1994), Stay Tuned (1992), Murder at 1600 (1997),Weekend at Bernie’s II (1993), My Own Private Idaho (1991), Wagons East (1994), In the Line of Fire (1993), Postcards from the Edge (1990), Universal Soldier (1992), Passenger 57 (1992), Mo’ Better Blues (1990), The Client (1994), Good Will Hunting (1997), Pump Up the Volume (1990), Mr. Nanny (1993), Fargo (1996), Hudson Hawk (1991), So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993) and Timecop (1994).