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Blame It on Rio

Central premise of a secret romance between Michael Caine and the love-smitten daughter of his best friend (Joe Bologna) while the trio vacations together in torrid Rio may be adventurous comedy. Zany comedic conflict, however, is offputting, even at times nasty, in this essentially dead-ahead comedy that sacrifices charm and a light touch for too much realism.

Central premise of a secret romance between Michael Caine and the love-smitten daughter of his best friend (Joe Bologna) while the trio vacations together in torrid Rio may be adventurous comedy. Zany comedic conflict, however, is offputting, even at times nasty, in this essentially dead-ahead comedy that sacrifices charm and a light touch for too much realism.

Newcomer Michelle Johnson comes off as callow and disagreeably spoiled in key role of buxom daughter lusting after dad’s best buddy.

Caine and Bologna play colleagues in a Sao Paulo coffee company whose marriages are toppling – Bologna is getting a divorce and Caine’s wife (Valerie Harper) tells Caine while couple is packing for Rio that she’s splitting for Bahia in a separate vacation.

Director Stanley Donen gets sharp, comic performances from Caine and Bologna.

Blame It on Rio

  • Production: Sherwood/20th Century-Fox. Director Stanley Donen; Producer Stanley Donen; Screenplay Charlie Peters, Larry Gelbart; Camera Reynaldo Villalobos; Editor George Hively, Richard Marden; Music Ken Wannberg, Oscar Castro Neves; Art Director Marcos Flaksman
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 110 MIN.
  • With: Michael Caine Joseph Bologna Valerie Harper Michelle Johnson Jose Lewgoy Demi Moore