Lookin' to Get Out (1982)
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Jon Voight starred and co-wrote the script for this comedy (directed by Hal Ashby) concerning two gamblers on the run from their debts who try to score big in Las Vegas. When Alex Kovas (Jon Voight) loses $10,000 to local New York City hoods Joey (Allen Keller) and Harry (Jude Farese) in a poker game, he hightails it to Vegas with his pal Jerry Feldman (Burt Young). In Vegas they make friends with Patti Warner (Ann-Margret), a former call girl, and move into the MGM Grand Hotel after winning big in the casino. But word gets out and Joey and Harry take a trip out West to pay the boys a surprise visit. … More
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Critic Reviews for Lookin' to Get Out
The picture is a sloppy mess that stumbles toward oblivion like a drunk on a losing streak.
An ill- conceived vehicle for actor (and co-writer) Jon Voight to showcase his character comedy talents in a loose, semi-improvised environment.
About the only thing to be said on the film's behalf is that it does have the courage of its own mistakes. Lookin' to Get Out stays on the same wrong track from beginning to end.
Ashby's instincts are so off throughout Lookin' To Get Out that he only accentuates his major weaknesses as a filmmaker - plot twists, slapstick, chase sequences and lots of screaming that eschews any character development or scenes of insight.
Moronic comedy that's pleasant enough until it runs out of steam in the third act.
While I understand and somewhat respect the apparent improv style for this movie, it did tend to lend itself to redundant and useless dialogue.
The plot is a completely unconvincing series of coincidences but the dynamism of the characters and their friendships is marvelous.
Hal Ashby's cut of Lookin' to Get Out is a movie that deserves to be rediscovered.
...the direction falls flat, the script is implausible...and the acting is either forced or dull.
Hal Ashby and Jon Voight sadly exhume the rigid, malodorous corpse of the '60s to kiss it on the lips and stuff some 50-dollar bills in its sphincter.
Director Hal Ashby's cut of the film was chopped by Paramount and by producer Schaffel and writers Voight and Schwartz, and it came up weaker for it. In spite of having problems, however, the film is not a complete turkey.
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