My Chauffeur (1986)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5

USA, 1986, Screenplay by Cinematography by Produced by Music by Production Design by Costume Design by Film Editing by

A restaurant dishwasher gets a fancy letter hand-delivered to her place of work and it’s wonderful news: she is being offered a job by a fancy limousine service to be a chauffeur. The reason for her good luck is unknown to her, but our plucky heroine () runs with the opportunity, ignoring the snooty, sexist fellow drivers who don’t want her anywhere near their precious profession. Her initial assignments are the bottom of the barrel for the company, she’s given only the most impossible people to drive, but thanks to her quick wits she manages to stay in the game despite the fact that the boss () is dying to get rid of her and can’t because, unbeknownst to her, the tycoon who owns the company () is determined to keep her around. When Foreman is assigned to drive snooty but handsome and ends up in bed with him, he wins her heart and they further cause ruffles with the nightmare of upward mobility that she represents. This silly sex farce is, intentionally or not, a modern day attempt at Pamela without the incisive social commentary, a wry combination of good-natured humour and sexy exploitation that never seems to know what to do with its heroine. Foreman is candid physically and fully committed to the character’s zany personality, but director David Beaird has her shouting in too many scenes and there’s never much of a sense that she is accomplishing anything, she’s just amenable to the ways that the story manipulates her life. It’s a film that pretends to be rebellious without ever actually bucking the system, but it’s easy to sit through and the stars have sexy chemistry.

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