1 item from 1992
This smorgasbord offers up David Bowie, Rosanna Arquette and a variety of other spicy treats that will appeal to some and turn off others. It's just that kind of film. It's offbeat and not only does it know it, it flaunts it.
Director/co-writer Richard Shepard has concocted a bizarre story on a rather small scale, giving it all an illusion of largeness by an enormous restaurant set and the inclusion of star-of-all-trades, Bowie.
Bowie's presence certainly adds an electricity to the proceedings. So much so, that at first he threatens to overwhelm everything around him. It is to Shepard's and the rest of the cast's credit, that ultimately they each hold their own, as it were.
This oddball flick obviously is not geared toward a mainstream audience. This is art-house crowd, or pseudo-art-house crowd, material to be sure. But the appeal of Bowie and Arquette, as well as that of the rest of this eclectic cast, will certainly give it a lift at the boxoffice.
Lucy (Arquette) is a waitress in a chic-du-jour Manhattan restaurant, although her heart belongs to the art of escaping . . . chains, that is. Obsessed with Harry Houdini, Lucy tries to emulate her hero and almost hangs herself in the process.
Her innovative brassiere designing friend, Viv (Eszter Balint, a Jarmusch alumnus), who also doubles as her assistant, has her own hopes of becoming a bra queen.
Enter Monte (Bowie), a suave Brit who is in desperate need of a wife. Apparently, if he doesn't get married by Friday not only won't he get his Green Card, but he'll be killed as well. Bummer.
This Mystery Man takes an interest in the befuddled Lucy, and before you can say "Linguini marinara, '' Lucy and Viv (sound familiar?) and Monte plan to rob the restaurant owned by the highly entertaining Dante (Andre Gregory) and Cecil (Buck Henry).
The rest of the film involves a wild bet and a series of set-ups for some very funny physical comedy. Arquette proves to be cutely adept at this type of humor and is a nice contrast to Bowie's smooth veneer. Balint also maintains her status as an eccentric comic foible.
But few performers other than Bowie could say with a straight face, "I thought that rabbit was eating your head, '' and get away with it so effortlessly. It's both a curious and welcome treat finding Bowie in this bascially light comedy. He plays himself so well.
"The Linguini Incident'' tends to forget the recipe every so often, but by adding in a few surprise ingredients and a dash of irreverence it makes for an interesting meal.
THE LINGUINI INCIDENT
An Acedemy Entertainment Release
Director Richard Shepard
Writers amar Brott, Richard Shepard
Director of photography Robert Yeoman
Editor Tonya Polonsky
Music Thomas Newman
Producer Arnold Orgolini
Lucy Rosanna Arquette
Monte David Bowie
Viv Eszter Balint
Cecil Buck Henry
Dante Andre Gregory
Miracle Viveca Lindfors
Jeanette Marlee Matlin
Running time -- 99 minutes
MPAA Rating -- R
(c) The Hollywood Reporter
1 item from 1992
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