Review: ‘Illegally Yours’

Illegally Yours is an embarrassingly unfunny attempt at screwball comedy, marking a career nadir for producer-director Peter Bogdanovich and his miscast star Rob Lowe.

Illegally Yours is an embarrassingly unfunny attempt at screwball comedy, marking a career nadir for producer-director Peter Bogdanovich and his miscast star Rob Lowe.

Hectic pre-credits sequence, loaded with telltale, expository voiceover by Lowe, crudely sets up an uninteresting story of a blackmailer’s murder, witnessed by young Kim Myers and her friend L.B. Straten, in which innocent Colleen Camp is arrested as the fall guy. An audiotape recording of the murder is the item everyone is trying to get their hands on.

Lowe is cast, with unbecoming glasses throughout, as a college dropout trying to get his life in order back home in St Augustine, Fla. Between endless pratfalls Lowe finds himself on jury duty in Camp’s case.

En route to sorting out the boring mystery of what became of the kidnaper’s corpse, Lowe is thoroughly out of his element, even adopting a silly voice for a dumb drag scene. Camp is given little to do and no chemistry develops between the mismatched stars.

Illegally Yours

Production

De Laurentiis/Crescent Moon. Director Peter Bogdanovich; Producer Peter Bogdanovich; Screenplay M.A. Stewart, Max Dickens; Camera Dante Spinotti; Editor Richard Fields; Music Phil Marshall; Art Director Jane Musky

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 102 MIN.

With

Rob Lowe Colleen Camp Kenneth Mars Harry Carey Jr Kim Myers
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