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Cast Away: A Boy and his Volleyball

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Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) works a hectic schedule at Fed-Ex, but his lifestyle changes drastically when his plane makes a swan dive in the Pacific Ocean. Stranded on a deserted island, Chuck must reflect on the important things in life. Will Kelly (Helen Hunt), his beautiful girlfriend, be waiting for him if he returns? How will Fed-Ex get along with out him? Should coconut milk be served chilled, or at room temperature? Chuck also learns that personal hygiene and making rope play important roles in island survival.

But Chuck doesn't have much to work with. His watch, set to Memphis time, and a picture of Kelly become valued links to his sanity. With these, he can sit around all day, pine for his lost love and celebrate the walking of the ducks at the Peabody Hotel.

Life becomes more interesting when Chuck learns to make fire. No more raw fish for this Yuppie. Now he can cook his crabs and warm his coconuts.

Ice skates become the perfect survival tools. With their razor-sharp blades, Chuck can sharpen sticks, hack down trees, and perform emergency orthodontic surgery. What a tool! Wait until the Boy Scouts and the American Dental Association discover this wonderful secret.

During this ordeal, Wilson the Volleyball becomes Chuck's companion and confidant. Who better to share plans and fears with than a…volleyball? Well, it is loyal and supportive. And it never rats you out when you become abusive. In fact, Wilson the Volleyball rarely says a word. Mostly, he just sits there with that stupid volleyballish grin on his face.

But wonderful island adventures can't go on forever; Fed-Ex packages must be delivered. So, Chuck and Wilson the Volleyball build a raft and make their escape. Will they survive the raging sea? If rescued, will their unusual human/volleyball relationship be accepted by society? Will Chuck collect back pay?

This epic adventure turns a one hour and forty-three minute Fed-Ex commercial into a one hour forty-three minute close-up of Tom Hanks (and Wilson the Volleyball). All joking aside, this movie held my interest and stimulated my imagination. I give it a B-.

Dixie says: This story contains more holes than a leaky life raft. How long can a person survive on the ocean without food or water? How long did Chuck's girlfriend wait before getting married? (The little girl in the photo looked 4 years old.) I loved the surreal plane crash, but I hated the Island with no animals, no waterfalls and not a single luxury. (I think I hear the theme from Gilligan's Island playing in the background.) And, did I miss a scene? What was in that last Fed-Ex package? With all the pressure of not knowing, I think Wilson the Volleyball committed suicide on the raft. I was glad to see that Pudge-Boy Hanks finally lost some weight. At the end, he looked ten years younger. For that, I gave the movie a C.

Don & Dixie Mitchell

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