(Jonathan Lynn, 1992) · Join us yutes as we celebrate Joe Pesci's 75th with a special screening of My Cousin Vinny! When his broke cousin Bill and friend Stan are mistakenly arrested for murder in Alabama, brash New Yorker Vincent 'Vinny' LaGuardia Gambini and his fiancée Mona Lisa drive down to help defend the boys. Known better for his dramatic roles, Pesci gets to showcase his comedic skills as Vinny, and Marisa Tomei won an Oscar for her portrayal of the exasperated yet supportive Mona.
runtime: 120m format: 35mm
(Christine Swanson, 2017) · Two children, born to a Korean mother and a African-American father, struggle with the consequences of their parents' decisions and the brutality of Chicago. Based on Patti Kim Gill's life, and directed by Christine Swanson (also Korean and Black), BlacKorea takes an honest look at stereotypes resulting from two cultures colliding. Screening followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with the cast and crew. Presented in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, The Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, The Center for Identity & Inclusion, and UChicago GRAD. Event is free and open to the public.
runtime: 25m format: DCP
(John Waters, 1988) · "They put me in Special Ed just because of my hair!" Set in screwy 1960s Baltimore - during the days of big hair, chartreuse, the Mashed Potato, and Chubby Checker - Hairspray tells the foot-stomping, head-turning story of good-natured teen Tracy Turnblad (future tabloid talk show host Ricki Lake, in her improbable big-screen debut!). Tracy religiously watches The Corny Collins Show, a local dance program, every day after school with her best friend Penny. When a chance audition makes her teenage dreams come true, Tracy gets her long-awaited chance to dance on TV! After a teacher declares her hairdo a "hair-don't" and Tracy is moved to Special Ed, she befriends the black students who have intentionally been held back and only get a chance to dance once a month on "Negro Day." Can Tracy bring her racial re-awakening to the too-long segregated TV dance floor? And will her rivalry with professional mean girl, Amber von Tussle, over the hallowed crown for Miss Auto Show '63 derail her? Keep an eye out for '80s icons Debbie Harry, Sonny Bono, and the greatest of John Waters's screen divas, Divine, all delightfully miscast as the confused parental figures. This endlessly surprising and subversive comedy about American race relations from the Pope of Trash, John Waters, is an irresistibly deranged cult classic that Rolling Stone claimed "both the Bradys and the Mansons could adore."
runtime: 92m format: 35mm