HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Raya and the Last Dragon
Letter from Paris
Behind the Mask
Lucky
Matrix, The
Undergods
Betrayed
Fried Barry
Once Upon a River
Cowboys
Atlantis
We Still Say Grace
Enfant Terrible
Nomadland
Playboy of the Western World, The
Bike Thief, The
Threshold
Virtuoso, The
Here are the Young Men
Beast Beast
Labyrinth of Cinema
Justice Society: World War II
Artist's Wife, The
Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation
Pusher III
Palm Springs
Devil Commands, The
Oak Room, The
Pusher II
Forget Everything and Run
Secrets & Lies
Red Moon Tide
Man with Nine Lives, The
Pusher
Pot Carriers, The
Black Bear
Don't Cry, Pretty Girls!
Portal
Me You Madness
Reckoning, The
   
 
Newest Articles
Let Us Play: Play for Today Volume 2 on Blu-ray
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Tarka the Otter and The Belstone Fox
Network Double Bills: All Night Long and Ballad in Blue
Chew Him Up and Spit Him Out: Romeo is Bleeding on Blu-ray
British Body Snatchers: They Came from Beyond Space on Blu-ray
Bzzzt: Pulse on Blu-ray
The Tombs Will Be Their Cities: Demons and Demons 2 on Arrow
Somebody Killed Her Husband: Charade on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Maroc 7 and Invasion
Network Double Bills: The Best of Benny Hill and The Likely Lads
Network Double Bills: Some Girls Do and Deadlier Than the Male
Absolutely Bananas: Link on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Hawk the Slayer and The Medusa Touch
The Price of Plague: The Masque of the Red Death on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Ring of Spies
Chaney Chillers: Inner Sanctum Mysteries - The Complete Film Series on Blu-ray
   
 
  Who's That Girl And How Can We Avoid Her?
Year: 1987
Director: James Foley
Stars: Madonna, Griffin Dunne, Haviland Morris, John McMartin, Bibi Besch, John Mills, Robert Swan, Drew Pillsbury, Coati Mundi, Dennis Burkley, James Dietz, Cecile Callan, Karen Elise Baldwin, Kimberlin Brown, Crystal Carson, Elaine Wilkes, Stanley Tucci
Genre: Comedy, RomanceBuy from Amazon
Rating:  3 (from 1 vote)
Review: Four years ago, Nikki Finn (Madonna) was framed for a crime she did not commit when the police found the body of her boyfriend in the back of her car. Now she is being released, and after seeing the parole board, for whom her only question is if they have any mascara, she prepares to leave on the condition she heads straight for Philadelphia and stays there to check in with her parole officer. However, not a million miles away is Loudon Trott (Griffin Dunne), the aspiring businessman ordered to ensure Nikki makes that bus trip...

The music career of Madonna is littered with huge successes as she proved she had a knack for tapping into whatever pop people wanted to hear for decades; not so her movie career which started with observers considering her promising for Desperately Seeking Susan, then a dead loss in practically every film she deigned to bless with her presence following that. For Who's That Girl (a title with a missing question mark, surely), the box office takings were meagre while the singles from the soundtrack went ballistic: it would seem more people saw the video for the title song on television than ever bothered to check out its actual origin.

According to John Mills, who showed up later on in a nice old man role, this went wrong the minute the director James Foley fell in love with Madonna, and there were rumours that such antics as him having to kiss her feet just to get her to redub a line would indicate the balance of power was somewhat tipped in the star's favour. Her previous film had been Shanghai Surprise, which even the megastar's fans had trouble endorsing, so quite why she wanted to dive straight back into the same pool of scorn and opprobrium by making her own version of a forties screwball comedy was a mystery only she knew the answer to.

The idea here was that wild and wacky Nikki would shake up stuffed shirt Loudon, leading to him realising she was the woman for him, as if they were Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby - there was even a big cat to accompany them, here called Murray and intended as decoration at Loudon's wedding to fiancée Wendy (Haviland Morris, who would have made a great Hepburnesque heroine if this film had been cast more sensibly). Wendy is the daughter of his boss Mr Worthington (John McMartin), and Loudon hopes to improve his lot in the business by marrying into the family ordering him about which you can see a mile off will never happen once Nikki makes her entrance.

This wasn't such a terrible premise for a movie, after all it succeeded four decades before this so it was a tried and tested formula, but mix it in with Madonna's idea of cute and kooky and you had a highly resistable result. She gradually toned it down as the plot progressed, but for the first half at least she was the sort of person any reasonable man would run away from as fast as their legs would carry them, with shoplifter and maniac driver among her supposedly more endearing qualities. With a put-on little girl voice and an arrogant air not softened by her intended adorability, the leading lady was one of the most irksome in this era's comedies, which was all the more offensive in light of the fact this was meant to have us falling for Nikki just as that sap Loudon did. With a script setting up ker-ay-zee situations but no concept of what to do with them, not least find something funny about them, Who's That Girl might not have been a total disaster, but it's hard for non-Madonna obsessives to get behind. Music by Stephen Bray.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2548 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (2)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
  Desbris M
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
   

 

Last Updated: