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Why Schwarzenegger's 'Last Action Hero' is not a tumor on his career

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1993's Last Action Hero is an action movie about action movies, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a big-screen hero played by a fictional Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was a meta-step too far for some: the movie failed to succeed at the box office, before being consigned to history as one of Arnie's weakest films. The AV Club thinks that assessment is unfair. In a critical reevaluation of the film as part of the site's 1993 Week, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky considers why the movie failed and why it deserves a second chance, exploring its gleeful disconnection from logic, its ridiculous action-movie fiction, and its ice cream-inspired one liners.