I revisited this early Mike Myers vehicle for the first time since its video release, only to find that, well, maybe I shouldn’t have. It’s not that it’s bad, it’s more just… kind of mediocre? Although I don’t find him objectionable, Myers doesn’t really tickle my funny bone to be honest – I was hoping the talented supporting cast (which includes Brenda Fricker, Anthony LaPaglia and Alan Arkin) would do the heavy lifting for me, and while they’re all perfectly fine, nobody really gets much of a chance to shine. Maybe it’s that there’s a noticeable lack of chemistry between Myers and onscreen love interest Nancy Travis so we don’t ever really root for them, and we don’t really know our leading man Charlie much beyond the fact that he’s played by Myers, so there’s not much to go on for non-Myers devotees. Luckily, Amanda Plummer manages to shine through her scenes, delivering a Jennifer Jason Leigh-ish performance that’s remarkably committed, but the spark of life she occasionally brings to the proceedings only serve as a reminder of how much it’s lacking elsewhere. Now, all that said, I’ll admit I didn’t actually mind watching the movie: It has some laughs here and there, a memorable ’90s radio-friendly soft-rock soundtrack, not to mention a surprisingly engaging climax. So if you adjust your expectations, it’s not a bad way to spend an undemanding 90 minutes.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)