Oscar (1991)

JOHN LANDIS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1991.  Joseph S. Vecchio Entertainment, Silver Screen Partners IV, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by , , based on the play by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by

 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  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.

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