Review – “The Mechanic” Starring Tom Hanks and Jerry Seinfeld

The real-life story of The Mechanic is a funny one, at best. Set in New York City in the 1950s, it follows the life of mechanic Jack Shea, who works for a company called mechanic Eight Mile Plains, but soon finds himself in over his head. He goes from washing cars to building them, and in between, he tries to balance his relationship with his wife, his daughter, and his mechanic. There are moments when the story is dry and dull, and then there are moments of real drama and humor – especially during one particularly hilarious chase sequence. In the end, The Mechanic is no more than an interesting diversion, but in the beginning, it becomes clear that this is more than just that.

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The Mechanic belongs to those genres which we find ourselves falling in love with – the urban fantasy, the suspense, the road-trip, the private eye, and so on. Though its story begins in the solidly middle-class background of up-and-coming North Brooklyn, through the actions of its main characters we are introduced to a world of unusual intimacy and strangeness: Though it is a story of the family man and mechanic, the show eventually goes out of its way to present a vision of an America less white, more immigrant-filled and – in the eyes of some – more fractured than we have been before. It would have been too easy to make The Mechanic a coming-of-age story of urban survival and hardship, but instead creator Greg Garcia peppers it with enough humor to make it entertaining as well as compelling.

Through the narrator’s memories of his life working for the mechanic, we get a glimpse of the everyday business of men – how they come and go, who they sleep with, what they do for a living, and how to handle their families as well. Though a rather simplistic account at first glance, The Mechanic is anything but that. The personal experiences it chronicles make it an engrossing, humorous read that just as easily makes you cheer as you read it. If you’re a fan of good tales of family, love, and car troubles, then The Mechanic is one of your favorites.

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