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Saturday, 18 August 2018

Mini Retro Review: Hollywood Vice Squad (1986) #badmovies

Hollywood Vice Squad
Black Comedy Crime

A mother goes to Hollywood in search of her runaway teenaged druggie daughter, only to discover she is a hooker involved in the porn industry and with the help of police, tries to find her. I tuned in for a young 19-year-old pre-star Robin Wright (above) - way before The Princess Bride, Toys, Forrest Gump, Wonder Woman - making her screen debut. The film stars Carrie Fisher, Ronny Cox (Robocop, Beverly Hills Cop) and Frank Gorshin who played the Riddler in the 1960s Batman TV series with Adam West & Burt Ward as a dirty old man ogling at Robin. The main problem I had with this film is that it doesn't work as a comedy and that it would have been better as a serious crime thriller. The story is unconvincing, trifling and not very easy to follow, the action is pithy, there are lull scenes & the characters are one dimensional. Watching this, it seems as though the cast or anyone didn't know what they were letting themselves in for. Though it is dubbed a comedy, the tonal dissonance switches from comical during the opening first 15 mins to being serious. Despite the odd softcore nudity and little action, this is utterly bland.

Is It Worth Watching?

Only for Robin Wright


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