Glenn Kenny
January 17, 1992 AT 05:00 AM EST

Paula Abdul Captivated: The Video Compilation '91

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Paula Abdul
genre
musical

We gave it a B-

Paula Abdul Captivated: The Video Compilation ’91 is an enlightening compendium of the joys and sorrows of state-of-the-art show biz. ”Opposites Attract,” featuring Abdul’s pas de deux with animated homefeline Skat Kat, is terrific fun, updating the Gene Kelly-Jerry mouse number from Anchors Aweigh with Roger Rabbit slickness. In contrast, the ill-advised re-creation of Rebel Without a Cause (featuring Keanu Reeves in the James Dean part) in ”Rush” is presented with a nonmusical prologue, wherein Abdul proves she’s no Natalie Wood. Then there’s the giddy eye candy of ”The Promise of a New Day,” in which Abdul gets to have it both ways, romping in an orange bra that accentuates her va-va-voom appeal while slimming, anamorphic lenses tame her tendency to chunkiness. Abdul introduces each clip, stating early on that the video-making process has lost some of its charm for her — not the kind of admission you’d expect from this MTV success story. B-

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