Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1989. Fries Entertainment, Weintraub Entertainment Group. Story by Ava Ostern Fries, Screenplay by Pamela Norris, Margaret Oberman. Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin. Produced by Ava Ostern Fries. Music by Randy Edelman. Production Design by Robert F. Boyle. Costume Design by Theadora Van Runkle. Film Editing by Mark Melnick.
While in the middle of a bitter divorce, a frivolous society housewife (Shelley Long) decides to take on a job as Girl Scout leader in order to prove to her boorish husband (Craig T. Nelson) that she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to. Of course, a Beverly Hills housewife is not going to be your average Girl Scout leader, particularly when camping out involves the local Holiday Inn. Then trouble arrives in the form of a jealous leader (Betty Thomas) who tries to get Long out of the game for good, which only inspires our bubbly heroine to try harder in order to win. The jokes are cute and fun, but the writing is silly to the point of idiocy and Long is miscast. While she seems to be having a good time, her usually neurotic, brainy persona never manages to convince you that she can be a Goldie Hawn airhead. On the other hand, it fits right in to that huge pile of forgettable Shelley Long comedies (Hello Again anyone?) that are strangely fun to watch.