Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1993. Universal Pictures. Screenplay by Mark Rosenthal, Lawrence Konner. Cinematography by Oliver Wood. Produced by Brian Grazer. Music by Bruce Broughton. Production Design by Peter S. Larkin. Costume Design by Susan Lyall. Film Editing by Jim Miller.
Michael J. Fox is irresistible as a world-class hotel concierge who does all manner of favours for the wealthy clients who live in his establishment. He happily kowtows to all whims and desires because his services become big tips, which in turn become his savings for his ultimate dream: a luxury resort hotel on Roosevelt Island that he plans to build and run himself. A superstar money man (Anthony Higgins) shows up at the hotel as a guest and shows interest in investing in Fox’s dream, but he has one particular need of him: babysit his mistress (Gabrielle Anwar) while he is busy doing other things. Trouble is, Fox has been enamored of this young lady for a while, so his goals, as the title suggests, become conflicted as the story progresses. Anwar is shamefully weak in the female lead (it really doesn’t make that much sense why a guy would be in danger of derailing his whole life for her), but otherwise this is a memorably sweet, wholly enjoyable comedy, colourful and delicious throughout.