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Making Mr. Right (1987)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi  |  3 April 1987 (USA)
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Frankie Stone
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Trish
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Steve Marcus
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Sandy
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Estelle Stone
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Dr. Ramdas
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Ivy Stone
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Merwin Goldsmith ...
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Sidney Armus ...
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A reclusive scientist builds a robot that looks exactly like him to go on a long term space mission. Since the scientist seems to lack all human emotion he is unable to program them into his android and an eccentric woman is hired to "educate" the robot on human behavior. In the end she falls in love ... but is the robot or the Dr. Mr Right? Written by Susan Southall <stobchatay@aol.com>

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Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

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3 April 1987 (USA)  »

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Cercasi l'uomo giusto  »

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$1,584,970 (USA)
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John Malkovich, Glenne Headly, and Laurie Metcalf, have been acting together since the late-'70s as members of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company. See more »

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After Frankie loses Ulysses at the mall, she uses a pay phone to call Trish at her place. However, in her first car, there is a car-phone clearly visible on her dashboard. So, there would be no need to use a pay phone. See more »

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Frankie Stone: For reasons I can't go into and you don't wanna know about, I have to go to this wedding, and I need a date, and you'd be the exact, perfect guy. Now, this isn't a proposition; I just wanna know if you might think about maybe going with me.
Jeff Peters: A wedding? I don't know; I'm not very good with people.
Frankie Stone: Oh, they're not people, they're just my family.
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Orion Pictures mismarketed this quirky charmer.
10 February 2005 | by (Illinois, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

If there were more genuine laugh-out-loud moments in this film, it could have achieved more commercial success. OR, if it hadn't been pitched to audiences as a straight comedy, it could have achieved later status over time as a cult film. This is the approach I think the producers should have taken. This would have made a great indie(rather than a mainstream release by the fledgling Orion Pictures) with Ann Magnuson still as the star. Have the actors play it straight as a character study and let the subtle natural comedy shine through. Laurie Metcalf's dingy character would have to be dismissed or toned down a bit, but otherwise this would work with the same quirky charm that made Mystic Pizza (released the following year) a success.

As it is, the film is sweet more than it is funny. And it works thanks to John Malkovich's great dual performances and Magnuson's ability to carry a film (the only time she's been allowed to do so before or since--pity). Believe it or not, this was the film in which I discovered them both, and they should still be proud of having it on their resumes, even with all they went on to accomplish.

I shouldn't be too hard on Orion, though. After all, they did put out "The Silence of the Lambs", but they also let "Blue Sky" sit on a shelf until they went belly-up and another studio had to release it four years after it was completed. The only flaw is not in this film itself, but in the way it was marketed and what I as an audience member expected going into it. This film deserves rediscovery--and if it gets it, there's the added bonus of '80s nostalgia in the fashions and some of the dialogue.


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