Video Review

If Looks Could Kill (1991)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Details Movie Rated: PG-13; Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy; With: Linda Hunt and Richard Grieco; Distributor: Warner Bros.

There's good news and bad news about It Looks Could Kill, a in-and-out-of-the-theaters-in-a-flash spy spoof. The good news is that it's perhaps the most enjoyable dumb movie you'll see this year, a teen-comedy version of Hitchcock's North by Northwest with spectacular stunts. The bad news is it could have been a really great dumb movie if only it weren't a vehicle for Richard Grieco (Mobsters), a competent enough actor with puppyish charm. The plot here — American kid in France is mistaken for a CIA agent — would seem to call for a youngish Cary Grant type, and that kind of deft comic underplaying is not Grieco's forte. But the gags are funny, the action rousing, and diminutive Linda Hunt does an homage to Lotte Lenya in From Russia With Love that is an utter hoot. Eminently rentable. B+

Originally posted Aug 16, 1991 Published in issue #79 Aug 16, 1991 Order article reprints

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