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Cookie

Half-baked, bland and flat as a vanilla wafer, Cookie rolls out the tired marriage of comedy and organized crime to produce a disorganized mess with little nutritional or comedic value.

With:
Peter Falk Dianne Wiest Emily Lloyd Michael Gazzo Brenda Vaccaro Adrian Pasdar

Half-baked, bland and flat as a vanilla wafer, Cookie rolls out the tired marriage of comedy and organized crime to produce a disorganized mess with little nutritional or comedic value.

The story gets set in motion, such as it is, when mobster Dino Capisco (Peter Falk) is released from prison after 13 years, rejoining his wife (Brenda Vaccaro), mistress (Dianne Wiest) and the headstrong daughter he had with the latter, played by Emily Lloyd.

Sadly, about the only thing Lloyd gets to do here is prove she can affect a New York accent and chew gum at the same time. Thrown together with Falk as his driver, the two fail to build any of the warmth or even grudging admiration they display in the final reel.

The film ultimately turns into an elaborate scheme by which Falk can get even with his treacherous former partner (played by Michael Gazzo), and the payoff is hardly worth the protracted build-up.

Only Wiest emerges in top form with her brassy portrayal of a weepy red-haired gun moll in the Lucille Ball mode.

Cookie

Production: Lorimar/Warner. Director Susan Seidelman; Producer Laurence Mark; Screenplay Nora Ephron, Alice Arlen; Camera Oliver Stapleton; Editor Andrew Mondshein; Music Thomas Newman;; Art Director Michael Haller

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 93 MIN.

With: Peter Falk Dianne Wiest Emily Lloyd Michael Gazzo Brenda Vaccaro Adrian Pasdar

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