Sticky Fingers is a snappy, offbeat urban comedy about two NY gal pals - starving artist types - who get caught up in the shopping spree of a lifetime. Too bad the money isn't theirs.

Sticky Fingers is a snappy, offbeat urban comedy about two NY gal pals – starving artist types – who get caught up in the shopping spree of a lifetime. Too bad the money isn’t theirs.

Story, cowritten by debut director Catlin Adams and Melanie Mayron, casts Mayron and Helen Slater as struggling musicians on the verge of eviction from their NY walkup until a bagful of drug money – nearly a million bucks – lands in their laps. They’ve been asked to ‘mind it’ for a spacey friend-of-a-friend (Loretta Devine) who’s clearing out of town in a hurry.

Initially panicked, they wind up using it to pay their rent; then to replace their instruments. As days pass, the urge to spend becomes insatiable, and they give in with gusto.

Memorable supporting roles abound, including Danitra Vance as a fellow musician and Stephen McHattie as a tough but romantic undercover cop posing as a parking lot attendant across from their building.

Eileen Brennan is right on as the ailing landlady and Carol Kane delightful as her sister, who has a romance with the cop. Christopher Guest is near perfect as Mayron’s uncertain boyfriend, a newly published novelist pursued by a spooky ex-girlfriend (Gwen Welles).

Sticky Fingers

Production

Hightop. Director Catlin Adams; Producer Catlin Adams, Melanie Mayron; Screenplay Catlin Adams, Melanie Mayron; Camera Gary Thieltges; Editor Robert Reitano; Music Gary Chang; Art Director Jessica Scott-Justice

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 97 MIN.

With

Helen Slater Melanie Mayron Danitra Vance Eileen Brennan Carol Kane Christopher Guest
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