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||IMDB Rating: 6.6/10 from PG-13 votes
||Release: 24 Dec 1996 /
||Director: Herb Gardner,
||Synopsis: Old Nat Moyer is a talker, a philosopher, and a troublemaker with a fanciful imagination. His companion is Midge Carter, who is half-blind, but still the super of an apartment house. When ...
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In I'm Not Rappaport, a film by Herb Gardner based on his Tony award winning
play, two octogenarians Nat (Walter Matthau) and Midge (Ossie Davis) meet
regularly on a park bench in New York's Central Park. The film centers on
their relationship as they reminisce about past loves, talk about unions and
bosses, old age, and idealism. Nat is a chameleon who assumes the role of
spy, lawyer, or consumer advocate, depending on the situation at hand. `I
was one person for 80 something years,' he says. `Why not be a hundred for
the next five?' Midge, now nearly blind, has worked as a building
superintendent for forty years and has had to make compromises just to keep
The film takes its title from the old vaudeville joke in which a comic walks
across the stage and encounters a straight man with surprise: `Rappaport!
What happened to you?' he says. `You used to be a short, fat man and now
you're a tall, skinny man.' `I'm not Rappaport,' says the straight man. And
this goes on for a couple of minutes until the comic says, `Rappaport, you
used to be so well dressed and clean and now you're dressed in filthy old
clothes.' `I'm not Rappaport,' says the straight man. `So you changed your
name too!' says the comic.
Nat's most vivid remembrance is that of a meeting when he was five years old
in which a passionate woman, Clara Lemlich (Elina Lowensohn), summoned the
Ladies Garment Workers Union to participate in a general strike. He is a
follower of radical left-wing causes who focuses his remaining energy and
considerable wit on helping others facing injustice. Midge doesn't want any
part of social activism but, when the spokesman for the tenant's committee
threatens to eliminate his job and apartment dwelling, Nat pretends that he
is Midge's lawyer and intervenes, making clear that the issue is a society
that underestimates and mistreats its senior citizens. In another sequence,
Nat pretends he is a consumer spokesman and brazenly marks down the price of
meats and groceries in the local supermarket until he is thrown out on his
Things take on a darker tone, however, when a local hood, J.C. (Guermo Diaz)
seeks protection money from the elderly. The pair also becomes involved with
drug dealer "Cowboy" (Craig T. Nelson) who threatens street artist Laurie
(Martha Plimpton) with physical harm if she doesn't pay him the money she
owes for drugs. These two episodes are the least effective in the film and
do not add much to our understanding of the characters. The most touching
sequence, however, is when Nat's schemes are revealed as a desperate attempt
to maintain his independence from his daughter Clara (Amy Irving) who wants
greater control over his life. While his activities seem harmless, Clara is
fearful of her father's visits to the park and wants him to live with her or
in a managed care facility. "I'm not going to live in Siberia in Great Neck"
with her, he tells her, then makes up a story about a long-forgotten
daughter who has invited him to live with her in Israel.
While ostensibly I'm Not Rappaport is essentially a two-man show, in reality
Matthau grabs the spotlight and never lets go, reducing Davis' role to film
fighting off Nat's outlandish talks and schemes and playing straight man for
his comic routines. While the film is a comedy, there is sadness in the fact
that a once powerful set of beliefs is now reduced to pathetic gestures by
sentimental old men. Even when Gardner pays tribute to the Jewish tradition
of social action, the Bolshoi Chorus belting out the Internationale seems to
mock their passion. For these men, old age does not bring security, status,
or emotional fulfillment, only longing for the society that might have been
and the men they could have become. For them, there is little left to cling
to except a wistful kind of grace.
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