In the autumn of 1962, director/huckster Lawrence Woolsey (Goodman) is premiering his latest schlock sci-fi horror flick, "Mant" ("Half man, half ant, all terror!") at Key West, just 90 miles from Cuba where the missile crisis is taking place. A small time promoter with an overripe leading lady/girlfriend named Ruth Corday (peachy Moriarty), Woolsey not only uses film effects, stage props, and actors in rubber suits to push his product, but even Cold War nuclear fears. Meanwhile, young Navy brat Gene Lewis (Fenton) is worried that his father has been called away on mysterious maneuvers, while Sandra (Jakub) refuses to put up with the preposterous school exercises for what to do in the event of a nuclear attack. "Matinee" is a hilarious, loving tribute to Grade B (or worse) scifi and horror flicks of the 1950s and early 1960s -- Woolsey is based on the real-life promoter William Castle, and we get to see clips of "Mant" -- and it features cameos by veteran stars of that era: Kevin McCarthy, William Schallert, and Robert Cornwaith. Kellie Martin does a delicous turn as a very willing teen, and John Sayles and Naomi Watts may also be glimpsed in the supporting cast. Not particularly thoughtful or deep, but this is a sweet, fun film.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus