Gilbert Speaks on “Holy Man”

15 Mar


It was the storm of the century, we were told by every news station and talking head. The predictions were flipping back and forth from 4 to 12 inches to 12 to 20 inches. I woke up to a sheet of ice that covered the ground, shrubbery and trees, but the snow precipitation was a little over 4 inches. It was the ice that screwed up my schedule and kept me home, but I didn’t mind. I had a chance to see a film that I’d never seen before. It starred Jeff Goldblum and Eddie Murphy. Was Holy Man snow worthy? Find out after the jump.


The 1998 comedy drama, Holy Man, directed by Stephen Herek was about the people who worked at a Home Shopping Network. Tensions are high to push products and Ricky Hayman (Jeff Goldblum) is not meeting his boss’s expectations. Mr. McBainbridge (Robert Loggia) brings on a sharp shooter to boost sales.


Katie (Kelly Preston) and Ricky butt heads as soon as they meet, but they join forces to save the Good Buy Studio. If you’ve ever watched the Home Shopping Network, then you know that the salespeople are under the gun to sell as many products as they can in an allotted time slot. Ricky needs a miracle and he finds it on the side of a busy highway.


Eddie Murphy plays the part of a holy man who wears Gandhi clothing and is on a pilgrimage to bring happiness to the world. He wants people to live the simple life and not to be pulled into the world of commercialism. So, it’s kind of counterproductive to find him working at Good Buy studio after Ricky almost hits him with his car.


“G” walks onto the stage one day uninvited, but the audience loves him so much, that he is hired to help sell the slow moving products. “G” uses a religious approach to spending your money on stuff you don’t need, and it works!


“G” is getting tired of the rat race and he wants to go back to his pilgrimage, but he feels duty bound to help Ricky keep his job. When Ricky loses Katie and realizes the harm he’s causing to G, then he allows the mystic to leave.


I love Eddie Murphy and Jeff Goldblum, and I expected the best because they were both in this film. Unfortunately for all involved, the film sucked big time. The acting was great, but the script was as sad as a drowned starfish and beyond any holy man’s prayer.

The lesson for today is: The weathermen never get it right and sometimes a movie is a flop no matter how much you want it to succeed.

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