Outrageous Fortune

1987, Movie, R, 100 mins

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The plot here has been played out hundreds of times (and often better) in other films. Sandy (Bette Midler) and Lauren (Shelley Long) are both in love with the perfect man (Peter Coyote). They vie with each other for his attentions, employing all the catty and petty devices that are supposed to pass for comedy. But the battle for his attentions evaporates when the ladies learn their dreamboat has simply vanished, and they embark upon a quest to find him. The film is mostly one long cliche borrowed from comedy spy plots. Long is wholly ineffective, while Midler provides most of the laughs, which come in bits and pieces. Arthur Hiller's pedestrian direction doesn't help much as he jumps from one set-piece scene to another without bothering to cover the gaping holes in a threadbare script. George Carlin, a befuddled hippie leftover from the last generation wandering about the New Mexico desert in search of a guru, gets some genuine laughs, but even this small role wears thin quickly. OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE is an effort on the part of Disney to prove it can distribute adult films, but it only shows that it has no real perception of what such pictures are all about. leave a comment

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