Lawrence O'Toole
January 22, 1993 AT 05:00 AM EST

Man Trouble

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
100 minutes
performer
Ellen Barkin, Jack Nicholson, Beverly D'Angelo, John Kapelos, Harry Dean Stanton, Lauren Tom
director
Bob Rafelson
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
genre
Romance, Comedy

We gave it a D

Screenwriter Carole Eastman and director Bob Rafelson (incredibly, the same team responsible for 1970’s Five Easy Pieces) go out of their way to be inane with this big-budget romance. And the actors — brave people all — do what they can: Jack Nicholson is an attack-dog trainer and smooth operator who’s lending a helping paw to Ellen Barkin, a panicked soprano traumatized by unsettling threats. There’s also an absolutely imbecilic subplot featuring Harry Dean Stanton as a cardiac-candidate tycoon and Beverly D’Angelo as an addle-brained bimbo (proof that women can write demeaning roles for women as well as men can). Even the relatively casual and easy-going experience of watching Man Trouble on video fails to inspire any forgiveness in the viewer. D

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