Man of the Century | Chicago Reader

Man of the Century

This oddity is about a reporter named Johnny Twennies (Gibson Frazier) living in contemporary Manhattan who talks and acts as if it's still the 1920s. Writer-director Adam Abraham has fun with the lingo from that era (“Go on, you dizzy dame,” “This'll be the hippodrome of news stories”) and with the complications that result from Johnny's take on reality, especially those involving his girlfriend (Susan Egan). But this is essentially a one-trick pony. The inexhaustibly upbeat Johnny never has any trouble dealing with modern city life, though he seems oblivious to things that clearly existed 70 years earlier, including premarital sex, homosexuality, and a relatively healthy diet. The source of his pathology is never explored—his mother is equally delusional—but then he's only a one-dimensional cartoon.

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