Walter Davis is a workaholic. His attention is all to his work and very little to his personal life or appearance. Now he needs a date to take to his company’s business dinner with a new important Japanese client.
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Edwards, working from a screenplay by Dale Launer (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, My Cousin Vinny), executes the material with marvelously sustained momentum and a compositional complexity that maximizes every punch line.
Love the first half, almost wish that the entire film took place at the dinner with Yakamoto, the type of farce a la The Party. Then it goes off the rails and it lost me. It stopped being funny and compelling. Kim Basinger is truly enchanting, but her character arc aged poorly. The real MVP here is John Larroquette, what a comedic tour de force! This film should've been made in the '60s and starring Petter Sellers.
I might be a bit biased on this one, because I love Moonlighting, and Willis's character here instantly reminded me of the series. I also realized I have actually seen this before (when I was a kid), so there's a little bit of nostalgia as well. I just enjoyed this for what this was: a pretty decent comedy with lots of hilarious situations and screwball-ish vibes.