When Waring Hudsucker, head of hugely successful Hudsucker Industries, commits suicide, his board of directors, lead by Sidney Mussberger (Paul Newman), comes up with a brilliant plan to make a lot of money: appoint a moron to run the company. When the stock falls low enough, Sidney and friends can buy it up for pennies on the dollar, take over the company, and restore its fortunes. They choose idealistic Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins), who just started in the mail room. Norville is whacky enough to drive any company to ruin, but soon, tough reporter Amy Archer smells a rat and begins an undercover investigation of Hudsucker Industries.
Stylish & funny
- The Hudsucker Proxy review by CM
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You rated this film: 3
Beautifully made, funny & brilliantly tailored, if predictable, & with a nod to a lot of old films & stock characters. Jennifer Jason Leigh is brilliant as usual, though the Tim Robbins character needed a bit more character & fibre to be credible as her boyfriend.