Cooper: Honey, will you please - what are the odds of the Russians attacking on a Thursday night?
The Man with One Red Shoe reminds me of another comedy called The Man Who Knew Too Little starring Bill Murray. Both films deal with someone being suspected of bring a spy, that has absolutely no idea what is going on. I enjoyed The Man Who Knew Too Little more then I did this one. The Man with One Red Shoe is enjoyable to a degree, because of Tom Hanks presence and also because of a woman named Lori Singer who plays a spy; and she is sexy. This is early, early Tom Hanks; way before he became a star. It's even pre-Big. Still, even early on in his career, he's still the likable actor we would come to see in much bigger and better movies.
Richard is a violinist who is thought to be a spy. In reality, he was just picked at random to be a scapegoat. The CIA, thinking he really is a spy, starts trailing him, little to his knowledge. One of the CIA agents that is trailing him is the sexy spy I was talking about. Richard falls for her, as she flirts with him to gain information. This isn't a plot that is going to make you think, nor is it going to be one that is original. The Man with One Red Shoe is a highly predictable film. In fact, it ends up being a pretty standard romantic comedy with a botched thriller finale. The movie was light on the comedy and the thriller, suspense aspect of it was just embarrassing.
This is only really worth the watch if you are a huge Tom Hanks fan and feel like you need to see everything he ever did. He's okay here as well, so if that's the only reason you want to watch it, go ahead. Just know that the movie on the whole is extremely mediocre. Take away Hanks and Singer and there is absolutely nothing of merit here. This plot could have been fun, in an unoriginal way, but it just couldn't deliver on the jokes like The Man Who Knew Too Little did.