Blake Edward's obsession with the slapstick comedy genre has produced some all-time comedy classics and some best-forgotten clinkers. A Fine Mess belongs in the latter category.

Blake Edward’s obsession with the slapstick comedy genre has produced some all-time comedy classics and some best-forgotten clinkers. A Fine Mess belongs in the latter category.

Neither Ted Danson and Howie Mandel nor Richard Mulligan and Stuart Margolin offer audiences much affection, or are likely to receive much.

Danson plays a small-time actor who, during location filming at a racing stable, overhears two crooks (Mulligan and Margolin) as they dope a horse on the instructions of their boss (Paul Sorvino). Before long, Danson and his buddy Mandel are being chased all over LA by the incompetent villains, cueing in plenty of over-familiar car chases.

A Fine Mess is light on plot and instead concentrates on strenuous, familiar comedy routines. Trouble is, the principal players are all quite charmless.

A Fine Mess

Production

BEE/Columbia-Delphi V. Director Blake Edwards; Producer Tony Adams; Screenplay Blake Edwards; Camera Harry Stradling; Editor John F. Burnett; Music Henry Mancini; Art Director Rodger Maus

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 88 MIN.

With

Ted Danson Howie Mandel Richard Mulligan Stuart Margolin Maria Conchita Alonso Paul Sorvino
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