Monday, October 3, 2011

Kansas (1988)

Synopsis: Loveable drifter meets whackjob on a freight-train, robs a bank, saves a little girl, and romances a bigger girl.  

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Heartthrob Matt Dillon (The Flamingo Kid, My Bodyguard) teams up with rising star Andrew McCarthy (Mannequin, Pretty in Pink) in this riveting tale of young dreams, danger and romance in the heartland!”

What Did I Learn?: If your boss is angry at you for taking a long lunch, the best strategy is to hit your head against a metal post a few times and tell him you got jumped by a couple of thugs.

You Might Like This Movie If: You’ve always wanted to see Brat Packers on a crime spree.

Really?: Near the end of the movie, Dillon informs a local reporter that McCarthy was his partner in the bank job. Considering that only McCarthy knew where the money was hidden, and the cops would likely take him in for questioning, this didn’t make a lot of sense.  

Rating: I didn’t exactly believe McCarthy’s performance as a rail-riding, working-class Joe, but Dillon was fantastic as a sleazy sociopath with the ability to lie his way out of any situation. Kansas is a slow-moving, but fun little thriller. 6.5/10 stars.

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