(out of 5)
Madonna‘s surprisingly good comedic timing can do little for a flat attempt to revive the screwball comedies of the 1930s. Liberally lifting plot elements from Bringing Up Baby, it stars Griffin Dunne as a mild-mannered, straight laced business executive who is preparing for marriage to his millionaire boss’s rich daughter (Haviland Morris). His prospective father-in-law asks him, as a favour and good PR move for the company, to stop at the local jail and pick up a parolee (The Queen of Pop, who also provides four songs for the film’s soundtrack) and escort her to the bus which will take her home to Pennsylvania. Almost immediately upon meeting her, however, she reveals herself to be a loudmouthed loose cannon who won’t budge an inch until she clears her name and identifies the people who wrongly framed her for a crime she didn’t commit. The humour for the most part deal in silly slapstick humour, constantly abandoning wit in favour of lowbrow jokes that prevent its being a worthy tribute to the kind of movies it wants to emulate.
Directed by James Foley
Cinematography by Jan de Bont
Music by Stephen Bray
Production Design by Ida Random
Costume Design by Deborah Lynn Scott
Film Editing by Pembroke J. Herring