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Hit and Runway (1999)

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Critic Consensus: This Odd Couple comedy misses more than hits in terms of laughs, and the plot twists make little sense.

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Can two men, one straight and one gay, find happiness together writing a cheesy action movie? Alex Andero (Michael Parducci) is an aspiring filmmaker who makes ends meet by working in the restaurant founded by his father. Alex has dreamed up a character named Jagger Stevens, a James Bond-style undercover agent who is trying to infiltrate a drug smuggling ring operated by super models (hey, are you sure that movie didn't play on Cinemax last month?). Alex's cousin Norman (Bill Cohen) works in Hollywood as a producer and actually thinks the Jagger Stevens idea has potential, so he asks Alex to write a script. However, Alex doesn't know the first thing about screenwriting; he signs up for a class in writing for film, but he hasn't made much progress beyond attracting a girl named Gwen (Judy Prescott) whom he isn't even sure he likes. However, there's a new waiter at the restaurant, Joey (Kerr Smith), who is good looking, gay, and has an admirer named Elliot (Peter Jacobson) who happens to be a screenwriter. Alex and Elliot meet through Joey, and before long begin collaborating on a script, although Jagger Stevens is a good bit different after Elliot gets through with him. Hit and Runway was the debut feature for director/co-screenwriter Christopher Livingston, and was screened at the 1999 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.
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R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
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Art House & International , Comedy
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Cast

Hoyt Richards
as Jagger Stevens
Peter Jacobson
as Elliot Springer
John Fiore
as Frank
Kerr Smith
as Joey
Bill Cohen
as Norman
Rosemary De Angelis
as Marie Andero
Marisa Redanty
as Barbara
Marion Quinn
as Eileen
Stephen Singer
as Rabbi Pinchas
Nicholas Kepros
as Jack Springer
Jaffe Cohen
as Comic Actor
David Drake
as Michael
Bryan Batt
as Carlos
Cindy Guyer
as Model Hostage
Jo-Jo Lowe
as Renee
Ali Marsh
as Geraldine
Mike Arotzky
as Harold the Weightlifter
Anderson Gabrych
as Gay Bartender
William Severs
as Father McWilliams
Florence Anglin
as Aunt Lois
Bobo Lewis
as Cousin Rosalie
Andrew Polk
as Gary Shapiro
Alicia Minschew
as TV Actress
Julia Novack
as Jennifer Andero
Bobby Dicrisci
as Justin Andero
Elizabeth Muller
as Zoe Springer
Arthur M. Jolly
as Villian 2
David Fillippi
as Taxi Driver
Emilu Klagsbrun
as Additional Vocal Talents
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Critic Reviews for Hit and Runway

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (13)

The movie is sometimes as dumb as its targets.

June 14, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Does have moments, but it also seems a couple of years behind the times.

June 8, 2001
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Lose the story, keep the title.

April 13, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

What makes Hit and Runway uniquely fun, however, is the unapologetic extent to which Livingston and Cohen turn it into an index of beloved Woody-isms.

April 12, 2001
Film.com
Top Critic

A premise in search of a better-executed movie.

Full Review… | April 6, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

This indie's willingness to trade in stereotype leaves a sour taste in your mouth.

March 12, 2001
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hit and Runway

I think the critics were a little harsh on this one. It's an amusing story. Peter Jacobson's Woody Allenisms get to a be a bit much and unoriginal. Some great one liners though, a pleasant score. I was always interested in the film, good character development. Not great, but well worth watching.

James Higgins
James Higgins
½

Between a 4/10 and 5/10, its satire of action-movie mindlessness and screenwriting-as-prostitution is dated and without bite.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

I think the critics were a little harsh on this one. It's an amusing story. Peter Jacobson's Woody Allenisms get to a be a bit much and unoriginal. Some great one liners though, a pleasant score. I was always interested in the film, good character development. Not great, but well worth watching.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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