|IF LOOKS COULD KILL (director: William Dear; screenwriter: Darren Star/story by Fred Dekkar; cinematographer: Doug Milsome; editor: John F. Link; music: David Foster; cast: Richard Grieco (Michael Corben), Linda Hunt (Ilsa Grunt), Roger Rees (Augustus Steranko), Robin Bartlett (Mrs. Grober, French teacher), Gabrielle Anwar (Mariska), Carole Davis (Areola Canasta), Roger Daltrey (Blade), Geraldine James (Vendetta Gallante); Runtime: 88; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producers: Craig Zadan/Neil Meron; Warner Brothers; 1991)|
|"It spoofs the James Bond
action film, but without much humor."
by Dennis Schwartz
inane and tiresome juvenile spoof that marks the
screen debut of heartthrob TV
star of "21 Jump Street"
Richard Grieco. It spoofs the James Bond action
film, but without much humor as it panders to the
youth market. It's based on the story by Fred Dekkar
and is written by Darren Star. Director William Dear
of "Harry and the Hendersons" is
clueless on how to direct this gross film.
Michael Corben (Richard Grieco) is a frisky
high school student vacationing with his French school
club in France. He's mistaken there for a CIA agent.
When he objects, British intelligence don't believe
his protests. They thereby supply him with
a red sports car, tuxedo and high-tech weapons.
The kid goes along with the mistaken identity,
expressing a wry amusement at the mistake.
plot has megalomaniac chairman of the
European Economic Community, Augustus
Steranko (Roger Rees), scheming to
control Europe and issue gold coinage in his own
Daltrey, one of the Bond players, has a cutesy role
as the villain Blade.
If you choose to see such junk, you deserve what you get. The tasteless entertainment centers around a number of violent acts and many lewd sight gags, and a particularly obnoxious scene of Grieco in public in his underwear.
REVIEWED ON 5/19/2015 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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