Laura Dern and Helena Bonham Carter co-star, in the story of a dentist who becomes a suspect for murder, after being conned into prescribing drugs.It's a slightly unconventional piece of work, but perhaps not unconventional enough for people to really notice it. " Of the two movies that Martin made with Goldie Hawn in the 1990s - this, and the remake of that I slightly veer towards.
With elements of dark comedy to it, there's the sense that a better film could have been made with the same ingredients, but the strong performances really do lift it. I can't say I love the film, but there are two standout Steve Martin moments that wouldn't work with any other actor.
The first looks simple: a stumble over some furniture.
That said, there's still plenty to get your teeth into here, and it remains a quietly interesting film in the Martin back catalogue. " I've tried to resist including Martin's supporting and cameo roles in this list (sorry, . I'd happily watch a fresh Muppet film, with Steve Martin as co-star.
Martin's cameo here is as the waiter who serves Kermit and Miss Piggy. "All of life's riddles are answered in the movies" After a string of successful comedies in the late 80s and early 90s, Martin took a part in the ensemble for Lawrence Kasdan's drama, .
It's centred on a divorced couple who come back together for family reasons, and it's a movie that works when its senior trio are on screen.
It's a good, solid movie this, and more of a dramatic role for Martin again.
It's not an entirely successful one in truth, nor does it stick in the mind too long.
But it does boast an excellent central performance from Martin, as the recluse who finds an orphan on his doorstep one day.
A few comedy slapstick moments are thrown in - a comedy dog chase the main one - but this is actually a fairly straight character comedy for the most part, and a warm one. I sprayed it on" A real oddity this amongst the movies that Martin made in the early 1980s.