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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Once Upon A Crime (1992)

In glamorous Monte Carlo, an out of work actor (Richard Lewis), a jilted American (Sean Young), an aging gigolo (George Hamilton), an obsessive gambler (John Candy), an American (James Belushi) on a business trip with his wife (Cybill Shepherd) and a lost dachshund (Napoleon) are all key figures in the grisly murder and dismemberment of a wealthy widow. Directed by comic actor Eugene Levy (SCTV), this is an uneven but very funny crime comedy. The actors tend to overdo the hysterics a bit but overall, with one exception, they hit all the right farcical notes, often bringing laughs to weak material. The one exception is, surprisingly, John Candy who is totally unfunny. He just can't seem to blend into an ensemble comedy. The pace is frantic, the laughs more hit than miss but if you're partial to "whodunit" comedies, as I am, a fun ride can be had. With Giancarlo Giannini playing straight man as the detective on the case, Ornella Muti, Joss Ackland and Elsa Martinelli.

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