Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1988. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Len Blum, Daniel Goldberg. Cinematography by Tim Suhrstedt. Produced by Len Blum, Ilona Herzberg. Music by Randy Edelman. Production Design by Randy Ser. Costume Design by Isabella B. Van Soest. Film Editing by Donn Cambern.
Considering all the talent that the two stars bring to this comedy, it’s a shame how unimportant and shallow it ends up being. Mary Gross plays the bookish genius and Rebecca De Mornay the sexy street smart gal who become roommates when they sign up for training as federal government agents. They have enough going against them as women in a male-dominated arena, but the fact that they don’t initially get along and are close to being kicked out of the program for their lack of strength in each other’s areas of expertise isn’t helping either. Eventually, Gross agrees to help DeMornay with her studies and DeMornay starts showing Gross some nifty kickboxing techniques, and together the two of them end up becoming an unstoppable team and very good friends. Unfortunately, the jokes are mostly low-brow gags and the female solidarity that is developed underneath it all is lost under juvenile pranks. There’s still a lot of enjoyment to be had from it, particularly in watching these women beat the odds Private Benjamin style.