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An unlikely James Toback film is highly watchable... thanks to the good cast in it.
A compulsive young womanizer by the name of Jack Jericho (Robert Downey, Jr.) falls in love with a young woman (Molly Ringwald) but this woman, he falls in love with is in trouble with a low-life gangster (Harvey Keitel). Which her alcoholic father (Dennis Hopper) needs to pay the gangster over $25,000 back. Now Jack will do anything to help this true love, when the gangster desperately wants his money back.
Wirtten and Directed by James Toback (Black & White, Two Girls and a Guy, When Will I Be Loved) made an light-hearted romantic comedy with good performances by Downey, Jr. and Ringwald. Although the film is modestly fast-paced, the movie has an short running time. "The Pick-up Artist" has somewhat of an cult following.
DVD has an good anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer (also in Pan & Scan) and an fine Dolby Surround 2.0 Sound. DVD's only extra is the original theatrical trailer. The film is somewhat notable for the many familiar actors in supporting or bit parts like Danny Aiello, Victoria Jackson, the late Joe Spinell and more. "The Pick-up Artist" is probably forgotten by now but it is certainly worth a look for Downey, Jr. extremely likable and winning performance. (****/*****).
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