True Romance

True Romance ★★★★

If I had to pick a film that served as a distillation of Tarantino - all of his excellence, all of his flaws, his obsessions and his worldview - it would be this movie. The title is a misnomer, as the romance unfortunately gets lost amongst all the guns, drugs, dialogue and movie references. But it's just so thoroughly entertaining that you don't even notice until it's all over. TRUE ROMANCE, Tarantino's first script, is obviously a send-up to the types of movies the writer/director loved and wanted to see being made (just listen to what Slater's Clarence character say about the Oscar movies of the day), and it's hard to argue when the results are this much fun. (Standard Tarantino sadism and racial slurs excluded, of course)