Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1993. TriStar Pictures, Fried/Woods Films. Screenplay by Robbie Fox. Cinematography by Julio Macat. Produced by Robert N. Fried, Cary Woods. Music by Bruce Broughton. Production Design by John Graysmark. Costume Design by Kimberly A. Tillman. Film Editing by Colleen Halsey, Richard Halsey.
Lightweight but sporadically funny comedy about a Beat-inspired poet (Mike Myers) who falls in love with the perfect woman (Nancy Travis), then discovers she could be the serial killer who is rampaging through the country killing men on their wedding nights. He airs his suspicions to his best friend (Anthony LaPaglia, doing a hilarious bit as a Serpico-wannabe cop), but is reassured that it’s another in a long line of cases where Myers has dumped girlfriends he was afraid to commit to. That is, until the evidence starts to match the paranoia, and our hero suddenly finds himself at a remote country inn on his honeymoon trying to avoid being chopped to pieces. While the film is refreshingly honest about its silly nature, there are too many opportunities for Myers to indulge in his improvisational skills (including a totally out-of-place appearance as his own kooky Scottish father) that, while funny, feel like they belong in another movie. Travis is sweet and Alan Arkin is wonderful as LaPaglia’s earnest boss, while the late great Phil Hartman provides some of the funniest bits in a cameo as an Alcatraz tour guide.