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Instant Karma (1990)

The writer of a bad TV series begins to rethink his life when he meets and falls in love with a beautiful actress.

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Annette Sinclair ...
Amy
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Dr. Berlin
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Oscar Meyer
Kristina Wotkyns ...
Cindy
Ashley Quaine ...
Janet
Glenn Hirsch ...
David (as Glen Hirsch)
James Gallery ...
Jerry
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Reno
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Clapper Boy
Steve Fuji ...
Boom Man
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Pop
Rick Diamond ...
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In Hollywood, the successful TV screenwriter and producer of the "Rock'n'Roll P.I." show Zane is an insecure and needy man, unhappy with his mediocre work for television with his partner David. His fiancee Amy has left him to live with another woman and he has hypnosis analysis with his psychiatrist Dr. Berlin. Zane is also having problems with the star of his show, Reno, who is arrogant, temperamental and drug addicted, and his partner in the show Pop is also upset with Reno. Meanwhile the IRS is auditing Zane's investments. When Zane meets the sexy and gorgeous extra Penelope, he immediately becomes obsessed for her. Zane dates Penelope and soon they fall in love with each other. But his insecurity jeopardizes the relationship. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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27 April 1990 (USA)  »

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Almost a Great Film
21 December 2016 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Hollywood, the successful TV screenwriter and producer of the "Rock'n'Roll P.I." show Zane (Craig Sheffer) is an insecure and needy man, unhappy with his mediocre work for television with his partner David (Glenn Hirsch). His fiancée Amy (Annette Sinclair) has left him to live with another woman and he has hypnosis analysis with his psychiatrist Dr. Berlin (Orson Bean). Zane is also having problems with the star of his show, Reno (David Cassidy), who is arrogant, temperamental and drug addicted, and his partner in the show Pop (William Smith) is also upset with Reno. Meanwhile the IRS is auditing Zane's investments. When Zane meets the sexy and gorgeous extra Penelope (Chelsea Noble), he immediately becomes obsessed for her. Zane dates Penelope and soon they fall in love with each other. But his insecurity jeopardizes the relationship.

"Instant Karma" could be a great film. There is a criticism to the corny Hollywood productions and how a writer needs to change his work to be commercial to satisfy producers. However, the movie is lost between a romantic comedy and a drama. Zane's sessions with Dr. Berlin are pointless and boring. But the worst is Zane, a non- charismatic and even unlikable character. Penelope is totally out of his league and it is hard to believe how she could feel some sort of attraction for such boring man. The racy UK and Brazilian title is ridiculous and gives a wrong idea of the storyline. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Quase Uma Virgem" ("Almost a Virgin")


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