Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
Germany/USA, 1992. Ascot Film, Dino De Laurentiis Company. Story by Rodolfo Sonego, Screenplay by Charles Shyer, Nancy Meyers, Steve Kluger, based on an earlier screenplay by Rodolfo Sonego, Giorgio Arlorio, Stefano Strucchi, Luciano Vincenzoni. Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno. Produced by Dino De Laurentiis. Music by Richard Gibbs. Production Design by Pier Luigi Basile. Costume Design by Molly Maginnis. Film Editing by Patrick Kennedy.
Inspired by Mario Camerini’s 1960 film Crimen, this mildly amusing comedy of errors never manages to inspire any kind of involvement from its audience. Sean Young and Richard Lewis find a lost dog in Rome and discover that its owner is offering a huge reward for its safe return to her. Both needing the money very badly, they go to Monte Carlo to restore the animal and discover upon arrival that the woman to whome he belongs has been murdered. They try to run away and not be seen or questioned by police, but soon Young’s suitcase finds itself in the hands of a travelling American couple (James Belushi, Cybill Shepherd) and evidence is pinned on a reformed gambler turned Italian socialite (John Candy) and his wife (Ornella Muti). Eugene Levy doesn’t direct comedy nearly as well as he performs it, giving this film the subtlety of a car crash and the depth of a puddle. What’s more, there are far too few laughs to speak of.