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You'd think running into Adrian! would have sparked some magical hilarity back into his life (and how!). Unfortunately for Robin Williams, you can't get back what you never truly had.

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 13, 2007 9:39 AM

wait - robin williams used to be funny?

Posted by brandon | July 13, 2007 9:56 AM

Movies have never been the place for Williams. He's still very, very funny onstage.

Posted by Prospero | July 13, 2007 9:58 AM

Re #3: Not if the stage in question is at the Oscars, or Emmys, or Golden Globes, or any other stage Williams is horrifyingly willing to fill with his psychotic unfunniness given the slightest opening...

Posted by David Schmader | July 13, 2007 10:04 AM

Yes, #3 is right. The mistake was getting into the movies in the first place. (However, I really liked Good Morning, Vietnam and the Fisher King.)

I saw his 1987 stand-up piece in 1987 and couldn't believe how funny it was. I was gasping for breath the entire time. I really wish he had stuck with stand-up or more serious movies rather than comedies, like Tom Hanks.

Posted by yup | July 13, 2007 10:11 AM

It has been sad to see Robin Williams implode. His stand up used to be FUNNY!!!! Movies, not so much. He needs to retire for a few years and see if he can get his edge back.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | July 13, 2007 10:16 AM

Williams is on the same downward spiral as John Travolta, who was huge in the 70s but started making poor movie choices in the 80s (Look Who's Talking, Perfect, etc). Tarantino briefly resurrected his career with Pulp Fiction but Travolta has once again shown a propensity to go towards mediocre to bad movies (Battleship Earth, Ladder 49, etc).

And what's this on Imdb? Williams and Travolta starring together in a upcoming movie called Old Dogs. The plot:

"Two friends and business partners find their lives turned upside down when strange circumstances lead to them being placed in the care of 7-year-old twins."

Sounds like a real winner.

Posted by Kotter | July 13, 2007 10:35 AM

Yeah, it's fun to beat up on Robin Williams because he's had so many bad movies. However, I'm sure he just likes working and since they keep hiring him, he'll keep taking the jobs. Of course, I haven't seen any of those bad movies so perhaps that is why I'm more forgiving.

Posted by yeah | July 13, 2007 10:38 AM

Williams has had just enough moments of greatness to make it painfully to see him in bomb after bomb after bomb, movies so tired and bankrupt that they would be dreck no matter who starred.

Reminds me of Harrison Ford, actually. Here's hoping that next summer's Indiana Jones sequel doesn't suck the way the Star Wars prequels did. =/

Posted by lostboy | July 13, 2007 10:42 AM

It seems there's a myth going around that despite his awful movies, he's actually a great stand-up. He's not. He used to do a lot of coke and would do his motor-mouth train-of-though schtick, and now he does a lame straight impression of the schtick.

Posted by Gabriel | July 13, 2007 11:59 AM

There's nothing wrong with Robin Williams' comedy that a few eight balls of coke wouldn't cure.

Posted by Gitai | July 13, 2007 12:04 PM

Heh, Schmader, "psychotic unfunniness".

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | July 13, 2007 12:20 PM

How about "Mrs. Doubtfire 2: Robin Williams Pays the Mortgage."

Sure to be an instant classic.

Posted by Original Andrew | July 13, 2007 12:31 PM

ah but no one remembers his one truly good performance in a movie: the doctor in "awakenings." touching, spot on, subtle, NOT A HUMOROUS ROLE, but a sweet one.

Posted by ellarosa | July 13, 2007 1:01 PM

Silly boys; everything is worth what someone will pay for it. Have you been shopping lately?

Posted by misrule | July 13, 2007 1:02 PM

Jim Carrey on In Living Color had a spot-on brutal impression of Robin Williams' propensity for spazzing out and taking over things at the slightest provocation.

Posted by Aexia | July 13, 2007 1:38 PM

I loved Robin Williams in Mork from Ork, you cynical irony-mongers! Loved him, do you hear me?

Posted by sheila | July 13, 2007 7:18 PM

Toys - It was genius.

Posted by Dono | July 18, 2007 9:17 AM

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