Excess Baggage/C,B+

Columbia/1997/101/ANA 1.85,PS 1.33

            This is pretty dismal movie making despite some interesting performers. While Clueless was a great platform for Alicia Silverstone, Excess Baggage (The first of her production company three picture deal with Sony) proves not to be her bag. Silverstone plays a naughty heiress who will stop at nothing to get the attention of her father. This time she decides to kidnap herself and ask Daddy for a big ransom. Her plot goes awry when she locks herself in the trunk of her car in the final moment of her grand plot and a professional car thief comes along to lift the sharp BMW. Before you can say Jack Daniels you know you'll be in need of a drink to sit through this one. Benecio Del Toro plays the car thief with more baggage than he can handle. The bickering scenes between Silverstone and Toro are supposed to inject life into this vehicle, but they are mostly silly and thoroughly unconvincing. Christopher Walken takes a turn at supplying some interest for the film with a sleepwalking performance as Daddy's clean-up expert. Don't bother to come along for this ride.

Silverstone and Del Toro, take it or leave it.©Columbia Tristar

    Another very good looking DVD compression job from Columbia Tristar. The numerous night scenes are sparkling and the difficult lighting in the grand theft auto warehouse has a nice balance. Colors are accurate and the image is sharp. The Dolby 5:1 surround packs plenty of punch in this very flat movie.

































































































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