One of my all time favorite movies is "The Usual Suspects". I was thrilled to pieces when Kevin Spacey won the best supporting actor award for it because he was fantastic in it. The whole cast was. And the storyline was superb. I will warn you, if you haven't seen it, it does have some rough language and more than the periodic moment of violence. But it isn't what I would call gratuitous, it all fits the story, and it doesn't go on and on like some movies I've seen. But enough about that.
The ending makes what is a very good movie great. I don't want to give too much away just in case you haven't already seen it. But it does leave you thinking "whaaaa??????" Every time I watch it, I totally love the ending. And let me just say that if you haven't watched it yet, make sure you have time to watch it again because the ending leaves you feeling like you missed a lot. It's storytelling at it's best.
This movie has been out for a while, long enough that I had originally taped it on a VHS tape! I'd been telling a co-worker about it and how I thought she and her husband would enjoy it. She agreed, so a few days later, I brought the tape in for them to watch. I told her there was no hurry to get it back.
Several weeks passed. One day while we were at work, she handed me the tape, but as she handed it to me, she told me that she had a confession to make. There was another movie on the tape after "The Usual Suspects", and they decided to watch it too. She told her husband to go ahead and start the tape and she would be right in. When she walked into the room, "Wheel of Fortune" was on the TV. She asked him what was going on. He said he'd started the tape. Well...he'd accidentally hit the record button, and was taping "Wheel of Fortune"...right over the end of "The Usual Suspects"!
She was very apologetic, and I was laughing my head off. It got even funnier after I got home and put the tape in the player. He couldn't have timed it any better as to when he hit the record button, there is a scene where one of the characters comes to a key realization--and suddenly Pat Sajak is saying "give the wheel another spin!!!" I started laughing again, it was without a doubt the funniest thing I'd ever seen, it put me in mind of an episode of "Seinfeld" where Elaine tapes herself dancing over the end of a movie. Then of course, all sorts of crazy ideas started running through my head, where you could lend this copy of the movie out, with the ending totally ruined and see how confused you could make someone with it. I still laugh hysterically when I think about it. As the saying goes, "timing is everything!"
Anyhow, if you haven't seen it already, I highly recommend it. But not the "Wheel of Fortune" ending version! I did eventually throw the tape away, but every so often, I wish I'd kept it for a good laugh.