The Pick-Up Artist (1987)

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Movie Info

In this low-budget romantic comedy, a self-styled playboy (actually a young grade-school teacher) puts his best moves on a lovely tour guide at a New York museum and soon finds himself hopelessly entangled with the mob.

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: James Toback
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 16, 2003
Runtime:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Cast


as Randy Jensen

as Jack Jericho

as Flash Jensen

as Phil Harper

as Jack's Student

as Portacarrero

as Floor Manager

as Man in Train Station

as Vinnie Costanza
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Critic Reviews for The Pick-Up Artist

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6)

James Toback's long-gestating portrait of a one-track mind becomes bogged down in unconvincing plot mechanics.

Full Review… | February 27, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

This is an appallingly silly movie, from its juvenile comic overture to its dreadfully sincere conclusion.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A light and fairly innocuous youth picture.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Pickup's 'little more' is in its quirky characters and its intentionally goofy melodrama.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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