Too little about the film feels like real life and who wants a fantasy film that’s such a relentless downer?
Geraldine Viswanathan is the reason to see this by-the-numbers rom-com.
Silly, dumb, and completely nonsensical – exactly what one could reasonably expect from the movie and what the fans (given a choice) would demand.
At its best, it captures the flavor of the beloved comic strip gang but things start to drag after a jaunty first half-hour or so.
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-08-09
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Brief Nudity)
Director: Alan Metter
Cast: Rodney Dangerfield, William Zabka, Adrienne Barbeau, M. Emmet Walsh, Terry Farrell, Paxton Whitehead, Robert Downey Jr., Keith Gordon, Burt Young, Sally Kellerman, Ned Beatty
The movie is pure Dangerfield – a thinly-sketched narrative providing a clothesline onto which the comedian could pin a long string of gags and one-liners.
The final 30 minutes of this would-be Hitchcockian caper film prove unable to deliver on the promise of the early acts.
A brand of exploitation that feels surprisingly fresh considering how many tropes it recycles.
The technical aspects – although impressive considering the special effects limitations of the era – represent a lukewarm reason to see the film and the storyline adds little in the way of a sweetener.
The offbeat approach brings a freshness to a genre (the rom-com) that has become static and predictable.