I like Brian Cox but I did not like this movie. Brian Cox (Rory), age 74, lives an isolated existence on a Scottish island, amongst cliffs overlooking the ocean. He has been estranged from his son Ian, who lives in SF, for at least 15 years. Suddenly Rory falls to the floor with disabling pain. Super Plot Hole: Out of the blue, his veterinarian friend tells him: You must fly to SF to see a doctor. What??? Why not nearby Glasgow with UK's free med care? Regardless, this wacky screenplay has Rory flying off to SF without setting up any SF doctor appointment. All we have is a grim father/son airport reunion with Rory admitting he has no idea whether his grandchild is a boy or girl. Rory is an unabashed, flaming, hurtful self centered alcoholic. His luggage is filled with booze, he is always order doubles and always carries a flask. He is an aged, annoying and rude curmudgeon i.e. to son Ian: Your wife's not breast feeding, doesn't she have breasts? Despite knowing he may again be immobilized by pain at any moment Rory takes his baby grandchild out for a solo carriage stroll. He gleefully puts the baby's life in real danger by dashing, against the traffic light, across a major, busy , street. He totally enjoys this game of near lethal auto dodge ball. Later in the film he again puts the baby's life in danger by wading, alone with the baby, waist high into the ocean. Of course, he knows that an attack of disabling pain would result in the baby drowning. Arquette looks good for her age (59) but the thought of any romance between the two seems absurd as Cox (Rory) makes it known time and again how much he detests SF city folk and SF's barbaric city ways. When Rory surprises Ian and his wife with a 'special' dinner it turns out Rory is celebrating news of the liver failure (of course) death of an arch enemy neighbor back home. The two had feuded forever and had a running bet on who would die first. Nice celebration of death dinner. Detached from reality: Ian runs to the beach whiles Rory is waist deep in the ocean, holding the baby. Rory admonishes Ian to wit: My grandson should not be living here and also "I will not make the same mistake with him (baby) that I made with you." Ian takes the baby turns his back on Rory and leaves his stage 4 dad standing in the ocean as he, his wife and baby drive home. Rory, falling down drunk and vomiting, mysteriously finds his way to Arquette's house. Perhaps he was teleported from the beach! Rory correctly decides he must return to Scotland to die in his own bed. Of course, he does not ask his son and family to accompany him though they decide to do so. The only high point is the one selfie they take of the four of them on a spot overlooking the sea. This three seconds of 'smiles' makes its way to the movie poster/DVD jacket cover. A smiling, loving family portrait. As noted three seconds of smiles out of the entire film. Grimaces and thumbs down from me.
The Etruscan Smile
The Etruscan Smile
The Etruscan Smile stars acclaimed British actor Brian Cox as Rory MacNeil, a rugged old Scotsman who reluctantly leaves his beloved isolated Hebridean island and travels to San Francisco ...
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April 3, 2019