Bruce Willis abandons his mugging TV personality in favor of playing an animated, amiable, hard-working, ambitious financial analyst in LA.

Bruce Willis abandons his mugging TV personality in favor of playing an animated, amiable, hard-working, ambitious financial analyst in LA.

Stuck without a date for a company function, he reluctantly agrees to ask his brother’s wife’s cousin (Kim Basinger) to accompany him. His first impression: she’s darling. His first mistake: he’s not supposed to let her drink and ignores the advice. Two sips of champagne later, she’s out of control.

Theme of pure mayhem works well because of chemistry between the main trio of actors, Willis, Basinger and her spurned ex-beau (John Larroquette).

Basinger is cool when sober and wacky when drunk. Her part is really secondary to Willis’, who starts out a befuddled date with the manners of a gentleman and ends up not only befuddled, but crazy for the woman.

It’s really the psychotic Larroquette who drives this romp. While Willis tries to control his date (or at least figure her out), Larroquette is hot on his tail trying to get her back. Their skirmishes are hilarious.

Pic is essentially a running string of gags with snippets of catchy dialog in-between.

Blind Date

Production

Tri-Star. Director Blake Edwards; Producer Tony Adams; Screenplay Dale Launer; Camera Harry Stradling; Editor Robert Pergament; Music Henry Mancini; Art Director Rodger Maus

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1987. Running time: 93 MIN.

With

Kim Basinger Bruce Willis John Larroquette William Daniels Phil Hartman Stepanie Faracy
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