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.
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
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