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The Linguini Incident (1991)

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Two disgruntled restaurant employees (David Bowie, Rosanna Arquette) decide to rob their employers (Buck Henry, Andre Gregory).

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Lucy
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Vivian
Andre Gregory ...
Dante
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Cecil
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Miracle
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Jeanette
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Tony
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Oliver
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Phil
Susan Mechsner ...
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Tracy
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Cecelia
Kristina Loggia ...
Gayle
Pati Dubroff ...
Kim
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Two disgruntled restaurant employees (David Bowie, Rosanna Arquette) decide to rob their employers (Buck Henry, Andre Gregory). Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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He wants to be tied down. She wants to be tied up. It's not what you think.

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30 October 1991 (France)  »

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Shag-O-Rama  »

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Iman, appears in the film briefly as a woman in the audience for Lucy's stunt. See more »

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Vivian: You don't just make out with someone in a meat locker who you're indifferent to.
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THE BOA DANCE
Composed and Performed by Martin Blasick (as Marty Blasick)
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Actors not perfect, but plot clean and costumes great
12 April 1999 | by (WI, U.S.) – See all my reviews

This is a movie that doesn't do us the disservice of taking itself seriously. We're able to suspend disbelief and have fun with the wacky characters without wondering how they could possibly exist. I agree with other viewers that the pacing could have used work. But the viewer who complained that one shot of a bridge doesn't prove a movie is set in New York obviously thought movies benefit from being set in New York, a point with which I don't agree.

I enjoyed Lucy's character and thought Arquette was the right person to play her. Viv, on the other hand, bothered me; Eszter Balint's slight Hungarian accent got on my nerves from the beginning. (I'm of the camp that feels an actor should either have an accent or not; if you have one, don't spend thousands of dollars training to cover up 99.5% of it, because the other .5% will still give you away.)

Much as I like David Bowie, and much as he probably sold this movie for most people browsing in the video store, he really phoned in his performance here. Much was made on the cassette box, and in the reviews, of the fact that Monte is a 'mystery man'; we don't know whether he's a liar or a gambler or any of several things he claims to be early on. Problem is, at no time is it made clear to us why we should care what he is. He's boring, morose, mumbles far too many of his lines, and only turns on that famed Bowie sexiness about twice in the whole movie (once during a makeout scene that is charming until it is cut off abruptly). I was quite happy to see his character bound into the fish tank to rescue Lucy--it was the only time I saw any kind of light in his eyes, though I suppose it might have just been sparkles from the water.

Yeah, I know, I complain...but I liked the fact that this plot was clean as a whistle, no big holes to mull over at the end, and the happy ending was sweet (if not entirely articulated, but then, by that time we could tell how things ended up and didn't need it spelled out for us). The dialogue is mostly quite clever, the costumes are fabulous (Lucy in her bejeweled Houdini-era flapper gowns is adorable), and I love what happened to the ring! So I do recommend this movie for rental.


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