Excess Baggage (1997)
Poor little rich girl Emily (Alicia Silverstone) would do just about anything to win her aloof and work-obsessed daddy's unwavering affection. When all other attempts fail, she engineers her own kidnapping, in hopes that he will finally notice her. After making a phone call using an electric device to alter her voice, she writes a ransom note, binds herself with tape and jumps into the trunk of her father's BMW. Her troubles begin when the vehicle is stolen by ace car thief Vincent (Benicio Del Toro), who drives it back to the chop shop where he works with his partner Greg (Harry Connick, Jr.) Vincent is not pleased to discover Emily and wants nothing to do with her hare-brained scheme. He and Greg do all they can to get rid of the cumbersome girl, but she has nowhere else to go and is not about to give up her plan without a fight. When her father refuses to pay the ransom, spoiled, hot-headed Emily becomes an even bigger handful for the hapless car jacker. Still despite her brattiness, Vincent can't help but falling for her. She too, in her terribly inconsistent way, seems to like him. Meanwhile the "kidnappers" are chased by a pair of detectives and two brutish crooks out to get Vincent. Emily's strangely sinister "Uncle" Vincent (Christopher Walken) is also involved in the chaos. This romantic crime comedy is the first film made by Alicia Silverstone's First Kiss production company. … More
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Critic Reviews for Excess Baggage
Outstays it's welcome after a while, but Silverstone fans will still be in heaven - she's as cute as ever, and as cool as ever.
Bad romantic comedy
a series of flaccid, go-nowhere scenes featuring a sullen Silverstone and the inarticulate Benicio Del Toro...
This entertaining drama helps us see that meaningful coincidences join us with the right people just when we need each other the most.
Excess Baggage aims for laughs, but will have to settle for chuckles.
Audience Reviews for Excess Baggage
Excess Baggage is a poorly executed romantic comedy that misfires. The story follows a young woman who fakes her kidnapping in order get her father's attention, but when her fake kidnapping turns real hijinks ensue. Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Walken deliver decent performances (given the weakness of the script), but Benicio Del Toro is horribly miscast and drags the film down. He has no chemistry with Silverstone and sucks the energy out of every scene. Additionally, the script is poor and doesn't really allow for much character development or thematic resolution. There's a bit of fun to be had here and there, but Excess Baggage is mishandled in every way.More
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