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MOVIE REVIEW:Cops and Robbersons
Chevy Chase's family comedy "Cops and Robbersons" might have been made
during the period where his box-office success was in a rapid decline
(as this was somewhat a flop and the previous two before it), but I've
always have a soft spot for this professional looking, but farcical
comedy outing and that was mainly for the amusingly dry performance of
Jack Palance as a weathered detective.
Norman Robberson is a mild-mannered accountant who spends his free time
watching TV cop shows. Soon enough he's living that life, when
detective Jack Stone and his partner use his house as a stakeout to
watch his neighbour that's a dangerous counterfeiter. Stone then finds
himself caught up with the family and Norman's cop show obsession could
just endanger the whole operation.
As much as I enjoy watching a Chevy Chase film, it does pale in
comparison to his early work but watching it again it surprised me how
well it actually stood up. While not overly funny, it kept me watching.
Teaming up again with Michael Ritchie the director of his smash 1985
hit "Fletch", Ritchie and Chase might not have the luxury of that smart
script, but "Cops and Robbersons" is still sprightly written with the
odd witty remark and amusing depictions of middle class suburbia. It's
a typical formula, but it raises some inspired shenanigans if growing a
little repetitive with its choices. Thinking about it, there was
probably just not enough humour there or effectively brought across.
It's madcap, accidental gags relying more so on the psychical and
visuals with comical interactions between the dysfunctional characters.
Ritchie's direction is straight-up, competently tidy with a slick
streamline to it and having confidence in his timing.
The cast balances out quite nicely. Chase gives his usual
quick-on-the-feet performance, while alongside him Palance superbly
grits his teeth. Dianne West is equally good with a level-head turn and
Robert Davi suitably goes with a mock serious approach in a pigeon hold
villain role. There's decent support by David Barry Gray, Jason James
Richter, Fay Masterson, Miko Hughes and Richard Romanus.
This was a nice flick to watch.
I wish Chevy could have done MORE. He's too talented to be underused by
the same director of 'Fletch'
I was so happy to see a nice film with the real quality of friendship
in it. It has a great script and terrific plot twists, with characters
to fall over laughing about. The three leads set the tone of their
characters with numerous dicussions on family
However they are terrific with each other, and the whole supporting
cast stands out well. (espescially Chevy) This film goes too over the
top on Robert Davi's character.
Davi is one of the best character actors in film.
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