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Kuffs (1992)

(PG-13) 101 mins

Plot Summary: Christian Slater takes the reigns of a San Francisco police-protection organization in this action comedy.

Director: Bruce A. Evans

Writers: Bruce A. EvansRaynold Gideon

Also Stars: Milla Jovovich and Ric Roman Waugh

Serious Jest:  (Don’t Bother)  This film was on the cusp of 3 mugs because of its camp value, which is actually helped by the passage of time, because it is now even more evident how ridiculous early-90s fashion was.  Hence, the villain with the T-shirt of his own picture (which was actually a fad back then) is even more hilarious.  Also, Evans took chances with creative camera shots and sound, and they paid off.  This movie simultaneously pays homage to, and makes fun of, movies like Beverly Hills Cop…although Slater is not as funny or personable as Eddie Murphy.  Jovovich, on the other hand, came across as very sweet and endearing, and looked very pretty…I wish she got more screen time.  Hard to believe that was 20 years ago;  she’s aged well!

You should focus on the film’s irony to really appreciate its value.  It doesn’t take itself too seriously, and neither should you.  However, in the end, there were too many mediocre and unfunny (even in an ironic way) lines and moments to justify recommending that you spend time watching this movie.  If you do get dragged into watching it, however, you probably won’t hate it.  It’s just…okay.

About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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