As a writer (THE GAMBLER) and director (FINGERS; LOVE AND MONEY; EXPOSED), James Toback has been preoccupied with the seductive qualities of money and women. While Toback's previous films have been serious and intensely passionate--and sometimes unintentionally ludicrous--THE THE PICK-UP
ARTIST tries to recast his usual obsessions in a light, relatively sanitized narrative intended for family audiences. The pick-up artist is Jack Jericho (Robert Downey), a self-confident womanizer who practices pick-up lines while standing before his bathroom mirror. His interest, however, is not
in finding the perfect love but merely in testing his pick-up technique. One day he tr...