Foul Play Reviews
A movie that's about the fun & romance of it all - plus Dudley Moore, poised to break-out huge. And no shaky camera, no funky Soderbergh color grading. Just Kodak emulsions & the new'ish Panaflex. A fun night at the movies, then & now. | - Norm de Guerre
I just so happened to stumble upon this movie in my local library knowing virtually nothing about it when I saw it, and I'm glad I saw it that way. "Foul Play" mixes in different elements of romance and mystery, and I felt more intrigued with the mystery of the story because I was trying to figure out the case along with the main character: I knew no better than Gloria as she is trying to avoid people from attacking her or when she is trying to find clues of the container's contents that she possesses.
I also liked most of the cast members. I felt for Gloria when she was so nervous of encountering people who were after her. Chevy Chase was charismatic enough with what he had to do in his role. The white-haired assassin (the Albino assassin) was very menacing. I thought this was a surprisingly entertaining and decently crafted mystery.
The romance elements, on the other hand, I don't think were as well handled, even though I do like Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn. I thought their characters had decent chemistry and were watchable together onscreen. But, if anything, the romance of the film seems a bit rushed because the movie introduces these two characters early on to each other, then puts them apart for much of the movie only to bring them back at a little bit past half the film. It's pretty uneven when it's trying to balance the mystery with the romance.
I also think the film loses a lot of momentum in its third act. When "Foul Play" begins, the impression I got was that it was going to be an interesting, somewhat dark, mystery movie with some romance in it. Throughout about the first forty minutes, there are small comedic moments that were amusing. Even though the movie stars a comedic actor, Chevy Chase, there wasn't really an indication from the opening scenes that gave me the impression that the filmmakers were trying to make a comedy or mix in a lot of comedic elements. So, it was weird that there was a comic karate fight scene between two old people near the end; it felt really out of place in the movie, unintentionally funny, and was kind of cringe-inducing. Also, one character (I won't say who) near the end does some really reckless things to try to stop the bad guys that it made me want to shake my head in disappointment at this person.
"Foul Play" suffers from some oddly out-of-place comedic scenes and when it rushes the romance, but remains very intriguing when it focuses on its mystery plot. This is not perfect, by any means, but I do think that the movie is a good film to see for decent, well-crafted entertainment.
Foul Play Gets an Complete F