Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 1991. Joseph S. Vecchio Entertainment, Silver Screen Partners IV, Touchstone Pictures. Screenplay by Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland, based on the play by Claude Magnier. Cinematography by Mac Ahlberg. Produced by Leslie Belzberg. Music by Elmer Bernstein. Production Design by Bill Kenney. Costume Design by Deborah Nadoolman. Film Editing by Dale Beldin
Sylvester Stallone tried to take a break from action films by branching out into comedy, but unfortunately both his choices (this one and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!) were unsuccessful. In this contrived film, he plays a 1930s gangster trying to balance his business problems with his family disputes, including his complicated relationship with his mouthy daughter (a delightful Marisa Tomei a year away from her Oscar win for My Cousin Vinny). Stallone’s sense of humour is right on top of things, and the sets and costumes are dazzling, but the screenplay is dull and the direction lifeless. A plot complication that is started by a mixed up handbag does nothing for the film’s liveliness.