Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Hollywood Sign (2001)

(Editor’s Note: I didn’t intend to initiate a Burt Reynolds theme – it just sort of happened that way)

Synopsis: Burt Reynolds does his finest cinematic work since Malone and Cop and a Half.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “In a desperate attempt to fund their ‘comeback’ movie, three big screen has-beens pose as detectives and intercept a gangster’s plot to steal millions from a Vegas casino. But when things go awry, the wild heist becomes their best performance yet and results in an unsuspected Hollywood ending that surprises them all!”

What Did I Learn?: If one of the characters in a movie is a sexy Asian lady, there’s a very good chance you’re going to see some kung fu moves.

Really?: Oh man, where do I begin? To get into this movie, you have to believe that three over-the-hill actors would place a corpse they find into a large freezer. Why? Because they’re afraid the cops will find the body and ask questions, and none of them had anything to do with the murder.

Rating: The Hollywood Sign is a nice, not-so-serious caper comedy that suffers from a big credibility gap when characters start making questionable decisions. Tom Berenger is the protagonist, but he gets overshadowed mid-way by Reynolds and Steiger. Overall, this movie is kinda “meh”. 6/10 stars.

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