My son, who just graduated from fifth grade, is a sophisticated dude. He is capable of grasping esoteric concepts and making connections that sometimes elude even the most learned adult. But even he has his limits, and apparently, one of those limits is watching a two-and-a-half-hour epic crime saga.

The crime saga in question is Martin Scorsese’s 1990 masterpiece Goodfellas. This is one of my top ten favorite movies of all time, and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen it. If I’m flipping through the channels and I see that it’s on, I’ll watch the whole thing. I also own my own copy, which I still watch every so often. The movie just does something for me.

Sadly, this feeling does not extend to my son, and while we’ve been watching a lot of crazy stuff lately, he tapped out of this one after about an hour or so. He didn’t dislike it, and there were a lot of things about it that he enjoyed, but I had to pause it a lot to explain what was happening and I had a hard time putting into words what a “front” is, what it means to be “made,” why the wise guys all had wives and girlfriends… I think he just couldn’t digest it all at once.

In any event, I want to give him credit for giving it the old college try, so even though he didn’t make it through the whole thing, he offered his comments on the 50%-60% or so that he did see. Good lad.

TZR: What was the most surprising scene to you in Goodfellas?

RB: Probably when they were in the car and then they found out the body was in the car and he was still alive.

TZR: What did you think of the scene where the guy serving drinks gets shot?

RB: Why did they shoot a poor guy who was serving drinks? Oh right, they’re in the mafia and they’re butt faces.

TZR: What did you think of the scene where Henry Hill pistol whips the guy in his driveway?

RB: Amazing!

TZR: If you went to prison, would you want to be the guy who slices the garlic with a razor blade or the guy who cooks everyone’s steaks?

RB: The guy that cooks everyone’s steaks.

TZR: What made you decide you didn’t want to watch any more of the movie?

RB: It was boring. It just got kind of repetitive.

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Daniel Bukszpan is a freelance writer with over 20 years' experience. He has written for such publications as Fortune, CNBC and The Daily Beast. He is the author of “The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal,” published in 2003 by Barnes and Noble and “The Encyclopedia of New Wave,” published in 2012 by Sterling Publishing.

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