This past weekend, we watched “The Astronaut Farmer,” starring Billy Bob Thornton and Virginia Madsen’s chest. It was harmless enough, a feel-good tale of chasing your dreams despite the fact that you’re very obviously insane and probably a danger to those around you.
Two items of note:
- Virginia Madsen is still hot, and I’m as enamored of her today as I was when she first graced my brain (and nether regions) while watching “Electric Dreams” (which was soon supplanted by the shower scene in “Creator”).
- What was up with the MLK Jr. assassination conspiracy crap tucked into a throwaway line in a men’s room? Billy Bob’s crazy farmer, after being told by his lawyer that there’s no threat against him from the government, says something like “I don’t know. I hear they’re pretty good at assassinating people with dreams.”
Pardon me, but WTF? Maybe I’m interpreting that incorrectly.
Hell, she can do a duet with Jeremiah Wright while she’s at it.
That said, sure, rent it. Whatever. It’s not going to wow you, might make you smile here and there, and – yes, Santa Claus, there is Virginia.