|DRIVING ME CRAZY (aka: DUTCH) (director/writer: Jon Turteltaub; screenwriters: Johnny London/David Tausik; cinematographer: Phedon Papamichael ; editors: Armen Minasian /Nancy Richardson; music: Joey Balin/Christopher Franke; cast: Thomas Gottschalk (Gunther), Billy Dee Williams (Max), Dom DeLuise (Mr. B), Milton Berle (Hotel Clerk), George Kennedy (John McReady), James Tolkan (Vince), Michelle Johnson (Ricki), Steve Kanaly (Mr Goodwyn), Morton Downey, Jr. (Taj, Spiritualist), Vlade Divac (Yugo Boss); Runtime: 88; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Brad Kevoy/Steven Stabler; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; 1991)|
|"A major problem for the likable
comedy is that laughs are hard to get."
by Dennis Schwartz
("National Treasure: Book of Secrets
directs this lighthearted feel-good comedy, that
follows along the lines of a Disney family comedy.
It's scripted by Turteltaub,
Johnny London and David Tausik.
eccentric young East German car engineer, Gunther (Thomas Gotttschalk),
develops the Trabbi, redesigned from the clunky
Communist built Trabant. It can run at over 200 mph
while using turnip juice and there's no pollution.
When the Berlin Wall falls, his hometown must raise 15
million dollars to buy back the land from the
unethical American tycoon capitalist John
McReady (George Kennedy), whose secret
intention is to build on the property pollution
inducing factories. Gunther attends
a car show in LA to display his car, hoping to sell it
to American car companies and using that money to buy
back the land from McReady. In La, American gangsters
(Dom Deluise and James Tolken) steal it while it's
parked outside his hotel. He's a lost soul in
Hollywood trying to get back his car in a foreign
culture he doesn't get. But a street-smart parking-lot
attendant, Max (Billy Dee Williams), from his hotel,
an ex-car-thief, teams with him to recover
the stolen 'wundercar.' While tracking down the
car, Gunther hooks up again with Ricki (Michelle
Johnson), a hometown gal now living the good life in
LA. She turned out to be a good looker, which
gets his juices going.
major problem for the likable comedy is that laughs
are hard to get.
Berle has a cameo as a hotel clerk. Morton
Downey, Jr. has a cameo as a
spiritualist. Vlade Divac, NBA star, has a cameo as a
Yugo dealer and his one-liner gets the film's biggest
REVIEWED ON 8/29/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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