Known Johnson

May 6, 2005

Riding with Rosie

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tom @ 6:44 am

In case you missed the latest “touching” Emmy-desperate-actress movie, CBS’ Rosie O’Donnell-powered Riding the Bus with My Sister, here’s a highlights reel of the most embarassing moments. The few times Hollywood got the issues right surrounding mentally challenged people can be counted on one hand, I think – Rainman and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape spring into my mind – but there are plenty of shameful examples like this. Rosie’s made a caricature of her character, which is reportedly based on a real person. I’m pretty disgusted, yet I find the montage linked above disturbingly humorous. Let’s thank Rosie O’Donnell for turning in one of the most unintentionally hilarious performances I’ve ever seen. She’s set the cause of the mentally-challenged back about 50 years (and let’s not forget that this airing comes the same weekend as David Duchovny’s House of D, featuring Robin Williams as a mentally-challenged man who befriends a child and, of course, shows everyone all the simple truths of the world. I think Rotten Tomatoes’ “11% fresh” rating sums it up pretty well, but I can’t help but quote their quote from the New York Times: ” The reasons to avoid House of D, David Duchovny’s earnest, unwatchable coming-of-age drama, can best be summarized in a simple declarative sentence. Robin Williams plays a retarded janitor.” That says it all.)

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