WELCOME HOME ROXY CARMICHAEL is less a movie than it is an example of what the studios refer to as "product," the kind of toothless comedy that features big stars in frenetic and forgettable farces. As he did with his solo directing debut, BIG BUSINESS, Jim Abrahams (one-third of the
AIRPLANE! directing troika that includes David and Jerry Zucker) seems intent on reviving the Preston Sturges style of screen comedy. However, Abrahams's work recalls Sturges without recapturing what made him unique--his anarchic spirit. When movies become "product," true anarchy has no place.
While BIG BUSINESS, with its twin couples and a plot hinging on love and money, vaguely echoe...