Watched You Don’t Know Jack last night …
Al Pacino is great as the quirky Jack Kevorkian and hopefully this movie will re-spark the debate about Physician-Assisted Suicide.
Brenda Vaccaro plays Jack’s sister and is fabulous! I love her so much. Whenever I have a scratchy voice I walk around saying “I’m Brenda Vaccaro for Playtex Tampons.” … it makes me laugh but nobody but me seems to remember her as the pitch woman for Platex. Not even youtube has her commercial … am I crazy? Or did she do tampon commercials?
If you get a chance to watch the movie – I recommend it. It has the perfect amount of pathos, humour and thoughtful dialogue on such a difficult subject. I think it will have you and your family talking about what your wishes are for a dignified death and having that conversation is an important one to have now instead of later.
I checked it out recently as well – great movie. I thoroughly enjoyed Pacino in this film. Very well done. I read that the original VW ‘death van’ was on ebay recently but pulled off as ebay doesn’t sell ‘murder paraphernalia’. Interesting tidbit.
Important movie indeed. Haven’t seen it yet but will. I sat at the bedside of my mother as she morphed into a shell of a human being over a 15 year struggle with Alzheimer’s while her heart and vagus nerve alone kept her lingering in the land of the living. Surely assisted suicide should be a legal option for people who indicate ahead of time for themselves what conditions they would consider intolerable and incompatible with full human life.