Goldie Hawn's insistence on Saying Something Important takes a lot of the zip out of Protocol, but the light comedy still has its moments for the forgiving.

Goldie Hawn’s insistence on Saying Something Important takes a lot of the zip out of Protocol, but the light comedy still has its moments for the forgiving.

One big problem here is an oh-so-obvious effort to reinvent the formula that boosted Private Benjamin to the heights. Here she’s a sweet, unsophisticated cocktail waitress hurdled into the unfamiliar world of Washington diplomacy and Mideast travail.

In Benjamin, Hawn’s main adversary was a woman captain (Eileen Brennan) and ill-intentioned men; here, it’s Gail Strickland as a devious, plotting protocol officer and more ill-intentioned men.

Formula doesn’t work as well in Protocol, partly because Strickland and gang aren’t as much fun to foil as Brennan’s bunch was.

Protocol

Production

Warner. Director Herbert Ross; Producer Anthea Sylbert; Screenplay Buck Henry; Camera William A. Fraker; Editor Paul Hirsch; Music Basil Poledouris; Art Director Bill Malley

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Goldie Hawn Chris Sarandon Richard Romanus Andre Gregory Gail Strickland Cliff De Young
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