Sunday, May 19, 2024

Carl Reiner, 91 Year Old Legend: RIPD “Possibly Worst Movie Ever Made”


On Twitter, everyone’s got an opinion about the movies. But some have more weight than over. Carl Reiner, 91, is the legend behind “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” director of “The Jerk” with Steve Martin, writer of Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows”–well, you get the picture. He hated this weekend’s “RIPD” so much, he actually Tweeted: “RIPD”: R.I.P. Possibly the very worst movie ever made. I say possibly because I have not seen every movie made.”

Reiner had been looking forward to seeing the Ryan Reynolds-Jeff Bridges tweak of “Men in Black”– possibly because he read none of the bad buzz online. He’d said before going: “Against my better judgment I’m going to see RIPD tonite and hope to find my pre judging to be unnecessarily judgmental..Willl report.” After his review Tweet ran, Reiner responded: “Reaction to my RIPD comments will allow me to sleep well in the knowledge that today I have done a bit of Good Samaritanizing.”

“RIPD” was directed by Robert Schwentke.

Reiner has gained 33,000 followers on Twitter in a short time– which surprises him. He’s been touting the iBook reissue and updating of his memoir, “I Remember Me.” On the Twitter account he’s had other movie reviews. For example, he really like “The Way Way Back” and “The Heat.” He likes the classics: “Mel [Brooks] & I saw a film with Louise Reiner & wondered when she died. Google says: Born1910 & is now 103. Gives us codgers something to shoot for!”

He likes his own movies: “Man With Two Brains” with Steve Martin popped up on TV last nite & I laughed so hard, one would think I had nothing to do with it. And today, “The Jerk” popped on! I watched the first ten minutes and decided I’d tape it for later viewing….it was that promising.”

He also gives helpful tips for Tweeting: “When typing, to relieve neck & back pain: Put 2 large books under computer base, which gets your chin up, eyes forward & shoulders back.”

He also likes fried quail eggs, braised short ribs, and a good tongue sandwich.

Reiner’s movie Tweets should only go on and on. And he can count me in his army of 33,000.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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