What I Watched, What You Watched: Installment #93

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I’m here in Cannes and prepared this week’s “What I Watched” last Sunday in preparation for the trip so I only have one movie this time around, but I am about to get to work on three reviews for movies I just saw back-to-back-to-back… those movies being The Artist, Take Shelter and Martha Marcy May Marlene… So look for those in the next five hours, for now here’s what I watched, share your week’s worth of movie watching in the comments.

Undercover Blues (1993)
QUICK THOUGHTS: For whatever reason, my girlfriend got this film stuck in her head and it just so happened to be available on Netflix Instant so the night before I left for Cannes this was our evening entertainment. Surprisingly enough, it’s a pretty funny film with rather comical performances from Dennis Quaid and Kathleen Turner, but the best comes from Stanley Tucci as Muerte.

It’s directed by Herbert Ross (Footloose, Steel Magnolias) and centers on Jeff and Jane Blue (Quaid and Turner), a pair of spies on shared maternity leave in New Orleans who find themselves assigned a case while on break. It’s sort of a Lethal Weapon meets Three Men and a Baby but with a lot more slapstick humor in there which should be evident by the clip reel featuring Tucci’s greatest hits in this one as Muerte, a bumbling, career criminal that serves as the film’s consistent comic relief.

And speaking of Tucci, I was trying to think back when he really popped up on my radar and it was probably his turn as Frank Nitti in Road to Perdition, but now I’m starting to realize, after looking at his IMDb profile, there are a lot more films of his that I need to have a look at. While Undercover Blues isn’t a masterpiece, it is still an entertaining diversion and Tucci definitely gives it his all…

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