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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A crash course in kidnappings, car thefts and other rituals of dating. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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According to the book "As If: The Not So Clueless Alicia Silverstone", writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski did uncredited work on the script before production. See more »


At the end of the movie, when Vincent closes the trunk of the Cadillac Deville with his leg, there is a distinctive latching sound of the trunk. Cadillacs do not make such a sound since they have a motorized trunk-closing mechanism which closes the trunk silently when the deck lid is closed gently. It is impossible for a Cadillac to make such a sound as the one in the movie (unless it was modified). See more »


Vincent: How old are you?
Emily: Twelve.
Vincent: Okay. If you say so.
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Crazy Credits

Andy Warhol's "Double Elvis" is a reproduction and not signed. 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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Pleasant, fun comedy, nothing more or less
17 September 2003 | by (Alaska) – See all my reviews

Lots of dissing for both Alicia and Benicio but it seems disingenuous. This is not a profound film but it IS a fun one. Nice photography, a plot that has a good rhythm and tempo, engaging characters that are well acted and clever film devices (for one, the conflict regarding her smoking that set up the plot complication in the first place). Walken is great as usual as a character both scary AND endearing. Spark a blunt, open a beer and enjoy this silly but fun little flick.

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