Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1988. Imagine Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation. Story by Deborah Blum, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, Screenplay by Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel. Cinematography by John Bailey. Produced by Deborah Blum, Tony Ganz. Music by James Horner. Production Design by Richard Sawyer. Costume Design by Ruth Myers. Film Editing by Carol Littleton. Podcast: Bad Gay Movies.
Cyndi Lauper and Jeff Goldblum play dueling psychics who are hired by Peter Falk to help him find his son. He says that his boy was lost somewhere in South America and he needs their mental powers to help locate him. When they arrive at their destination, they discover that Falk has actually swindled them into helping him find a mysterious temple in the jungle that is the source of all psychic energy. Lauper is a delight in the lead, a perfectly natural transition from the world of pop music to the big screen, but the film itself is clumsy and doesn’t know how to deal with her quirkiness. Equally wasted are Goldblum and Falk, who have no idea what to do with these badly written, shallow characters.