Excess Baggage (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  29 August 1997 (USA)
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Emily has always been the rich brat who tries to pull every imaginable stunt to get attention. But one day, as she fakes her own kidnapping and locks herself in the trunk of a car, a thief ... See full summary »



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Emily has always been the rich brat who tries to pull every imaginable stunt to get attention. But one day, as she fakes her own kidnapping and locks herself in the trunk of a car, a thief steals the car, with her inside. She is attracted by his reckless lifestyle and the situation makes her kidnapping the more real and frightening for her father. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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You would NOT believe what a girl's got to do, just to get a little attention. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for violence, drinking and sex-related dialogue | See all certifications »




Release Date:

29 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Exceso de equipaje  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)


$14,327,206 (USA) (19 December 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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The yellow leather jacket worn by Alicia Silverstone was sold on to actor/stand-up comic, Paul Rawson for $890. The Jacket also came with Silverstone's shirt/Black Swede pants and a lip-stick top. See more »


Reflected in the side of a big, silver semi which passes in front of the camera as they approach an interstate. See more »


Vincent: I'm tired of tossing salad, if you know what I mean.
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Crazy Credits

Andy Warhol's "Double Elvis" is a reproduction and not signed. See more »


References Bonnie and Clyde (1967) See more »


One Head light
Written by Jakob Dylan
Performed by The Wallflowers
Courtesy of Interscope Records
By Arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets
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Much better the second time.
19 September 2000 | by (Salt Lake City) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie a couple of years ago when my sister and her friends rented it. I remember thinking it was strange, but that's all. I came across it in the video store last night and was curious as to why I couldn't remember much about it. Well let me tell you, I'm glad I tried it again. The movie isn't great, the story drags a bit in the middle, and the two mob guys weren't the least bit scary. I also had a hard time with Silverstone's portrayal of Emily, who I understand was supposed to be a "troubled teen", but whose behavior was so unbelievably bad that I felt only distaste for her instead of the expected sympathy. But Walken and Del Toro are absolutely marvelous. They made it completely worth watching. Walken is his usual sinister self, but at the same time manages to make his Uncle Ray character seem very fatherly and concerned for Emily. In fact, they could have done away with the rather weak father altogether and nobody would even have noticed. Del Toro is fascinating as the shy, befuddled Vincent. Everything that came out of his mouth made me laugh, and you've got to like anyone who can see the good in a whiny wretch like Emily. He turns out to be exactly what she needs, and by the end of the movie she had mellowed so much that I didn't even hate her anymore. Watch for the scenes in the hotel room and next morning by the lake where the tentative lovers make a surprisingly touching connection. This was the best five minutes of the movie for me. All in all, a simple but fairly sweet movie, made better by the outstanding, endearing performances by the two male leads. Don't go into it expecting too much, and you'll have fun with this little bit of fluff that far too many people have been scared away from because of the bad reviews. Just give it a chance. Trust me.

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