The Pick-Up Artist (1987)
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With this rote but well-cast romantic comedy, writer-director James Toback began his long association with actor Robert Downey, Jr. The latter stars as Jack Jericho, a grade school teacher and smooth operator who zealously polishes his cliched pick-up lines in front of a mirror. Jack's come-ons even work on Randy Jensen (Molly Ringwald), a redheaded museum tour guide who dishes up a stream of retorts, matching Jack's verbal banter. After quickly trysting in the back of Jack's car, Randy flatly
Sep 18, 1987 Wide
Dec 16, 2003
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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James Toback's long-gestating portrait of a one-track mind becomes bogged down in unconvincing plot mechanics.
The film roams from the Upper West Side to Coney Island to Atlantic City, maintaining a lighthearted style that doesn't quite match the hints of obsessiveness in Mr. Toback's screenplay.
This is an appallingly silly movie, from its juvenile comic overture to its dreadfully sincere conclusion.
Pickup's 'little more' is in its quirky characters and its intentionally goofy melodrama.
Downey, who worked for one season on Saturday Night Live, has just the right emotional weight for the role of Jack, and the right touch of goofy boyishness to soften his aggressiveness.
Toback has devised an interesting premise that draws parallels between risking one's heart and one's wallet, but the picture itself risks little.
Features Robert Downey Jr. as a smooth-talking womanizer who meets his match.
A very challenging movie. Downey Jr and Ringwald sizzle.
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