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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.


Roderick Taylor

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Sheffer ... Zane
Annette Sinclair Annette Sinclair ... Amy
Orson Bean ... Dr. Berlin
Hedy Lamarr ... Movie Goddess (archive footage)
Alan Blumenfeld ... Oscar Meyer
Kristina Wotkyns Kristina Wotkyns ... Cindy
Ashley Quaine Ashley Quaine ... Janet
Glenn Hirsch Glenn Hirsch ... David (as Glen Hirsch)
James Gallery James Gallery ... Jerry
David Cassidy ... Reno
Larry B. Scott ... Clapper Boy
Steve Fuji Steve Fuji ... Boom Man
Gino Conforti ... Director
William Smith ... Pop
Rick Diamond Rick Diamond ... 1st A.D.


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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Release Date:

27 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Almost a Virgin See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Desert Wind See more »
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Zane: [Later, sitting at a café, after the not-very-positive palm reading] I mean, she said I'm never gonna' find happiness, right? So I'm probably never gonna' find happiness.
Penelope: She said it was unlikely, not impossible. Aren't those the only things worth doing? Things that seem almost impossible?
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Instantly forgettable
26 August 2003 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Zane (Craig Sheffer) is an aspiring author who currently writes and produces a hit television show. Unhappy that the show has gone in a different direction than the one he originally created, Zane feels as though he has sold out to commercialism. However, he does like his Mercedes and his nice apartment. One day on the set of the show, Zane meets Penelope (Chelsea Noble), a guest star. Instantly taken with her looks and sweet personality, he pursues her unremittingly. She responds in his favor and a romance ensues. Yet, things go awry with the couple's happiness and with the television show. Will Zane be able to set things right again?

This is a lukewarm effort in the realm of romantic comedies. Sheffer and Noble are attractive stars but the mediocre script offers them little help in making their characters memorable. David Cassidy, in a rare movie appearance, is appropriately obnoxious in his role as the star of the television show. The pace is somewhat slow yet the ending is overwhelmingly swift, leaving the viewer unsatisfied. Only the most die hard romantics (this viewer included) will be able to keep watching this film until the credits role. Better efforts in the same category include Fools Rush In and Playing by Heart; stick with those for an evening of enchantment.

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