The Pick-Up Artist (1987)
as Randy Jensen
as Jack Jericho
as Flash Jensen
as Phil Harper
as Jack's Student
as Floor Manager
as Man in Train Station
as Vinnie Costanza
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Critic Reviews for The Pick-Up Artist
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.
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.
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.
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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