Broadcast News (1987)

Broadcast News is a late 80s romantic comedy. It is another film about the world of broadcast journalism like Network but it is set in the 80s with the rise of the cable news stations. The movie is more focused on the relationships than the news itself. Spoilers to follow.

The film begins with in the 60s where we meet the three main characters a children, it’s a clever bit and casts some broad strokes about who these characters are. After there three brief scene time shift to the present day as a Broadcast News Conference of some sorts, Jane Craig (Holly Hunter) is giving a speech about how the news is changing to more fluff pieces rather than news. After everyone walks out Jane is approached by Tom Grunick (William Hurt) who say that he like her speech, they hit it off and eventually thing end up in Jane’s room but nothing comes of it since Tom tells her the real reason he went to talk to her was because Tom got hired for a spot in Washington where Jane works. The next morning Jane is on the phone with Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks) to remind him what time the bus is arriving with a soldier returning home. The arrive back in Washington and Jane is the producer of this news story  which will be run on a National evening newscast (Jack Nicholson). The problem is Aaron is a competent reporter who wants more on air time and has a thing for Jane but Tom on the other hand is just a handsome face and is attracted to Jane. This is the main conflict for much of the story it the classic will they won’t they.

The one thing that I really liked about this movie is it’s about friendship and how women and men can be friend without the sex. It’s also focus on how women can be career orientated and not solely focused on making  family. If you have some free time it’s a fun movie, it isn’t the best movie about the news media but it’s decent.


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