Al Pacino at his best in the 1992 movie. Oooh Haa

Scent of a Woman is both a funny and moving film. Pacino gives a fabulous performance, portraying Frank’s blindness, wit, and gung-ho attitude with incredible skill and precision. Pacino’s convincing work here is a testament to this incredible talent and versatility; just this past October he was equally believable in James Foley’s Glengarry Glen Ross playing a radically different character–a hotshot real estate salesman. This year, Pacino could very well win the Oscar that has long eluded him. He receives effective support from O’Donnell, who gives a likable, albeit slightly stiff, performance as Charlie.

Bo Goldman’s screenplay is witty but far from perfect, its only flaw being an uninspired subplot involving a pending disciplinary action against Charlie. But this one flaw is responsible for stretching Scent‘s running time to a ridiculously unnecessary two hours and thirty-plus minutes. The script also loses its edge near the end, when the film loses its sharp-tongued humor and becomes maudlin and overly melodramatic. But Goldman’s screenplay never becomes a complete disaster, thanks to the vastly interesting and original character of Frank. The character is so flawed that he is never boring; you can’t keep your eyes off of him because he’s so much like a real person.

A funny, impassioned, and all-around enjoyable film, Woman bears the sweet Scent of success.



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