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The Pick-Up Artist (1987)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

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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


Comedy, Romance

James Toback

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.

February 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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This is an appallingly silly movie, from its juvenile comic overture to its dreadfully sincere conclusion.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A light and fairly innocuous youth picture.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Pickup's 'little more' is in its quirky characters and its intentionally goofy melodrama.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Toback has devised an interesting premise that draws parallels between risking one's heart and one's wallet, but the picture itself risks little.

February 27, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Features Robert Downey Jr. as a smooth-talking womanizer who meets his match.

March 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A very challenging movie. Downey Jr and Ringwald sizzle.

September 19, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Pick-Up Artist

I know this movie isn't perfect, but I do love it. One of those movies I grew up with staring the beautiful Molly Ringwald as Randy. How much did I want to be her growing up.
Looking at it now, Robert Downey Jnr's character, Jack, is pretty damn sleazy, and not really worthy of Randy, but hey, 80's movie. Good cast. No complaints from me. Although they really could have changed the casts wardrobe for the final scene. Everytime I watch this it bothers me that the two leads are wearing the exact same clothes two days later. Must have been a hell tight budget.
October 3, 2013

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The story is kind of a mish-mash of two different stories, and the dialogue is horrible, but there are a bunch of great actors in the movie. The actors are the only reason to watch it, and they can't even help the movie that much. Overall, it's not a good movie.
February 6, 2011

Super Reviewer

Nothing special, but this really finds its own in the second half. The first half is just a little too happy go lucky and silly, but when the love story kicks in between Robert Downey Jr. and Molly Ringwald, it's smooth sailing. The premise is interesting and natural for its release period. It takes the term ladies man and takes it to a more extreme level. RDJ holds all the cards here, his performance is comedic gold with a touch of genuine dramatic acting.
January 26, 2011

Super Reviewer

Your typical Boy Meet Girl.. girl sleep with boy then ditches boy, boy tries to get girl back by stalking girl and paying girl's father's gambling debts. Cute.
October 11, 2010

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