Friday, January 13, 2012

The January Man (1989)

Synopsis: There’s a serial killer on the loose, and... oh, who cares? He’s totally incidental to the plot. The real fun is watching the loveable Beatnik cop bicker with his social-climbing bro, drive his captain batshit crazy and bang the Mayor’s 23-year old daughter.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Kevin Kline Heads The All-Star Cast of the Year In A Tale Of Murder, Corruption...And Comedy”.

What Did I Learn?: 1) It’s not that easy to bust down a locked door with a sledgehammer. 2) Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio looked pretty good when she was topless.

Really?: I’m not sure which is more unbelievable: the combination of prime numbers, Virgo and ‘Little Calendar Girl’, or the fact that Nick (Kevin Kline) figured out the killer’s modus operandi right before the next murder.

Rating: The January Man is a strange combination of police drama, serial killer thriller and romantic comedy, and it more-or-less works. Kevin Kline is cool as an unconventional detective, and what a supporting cast: Alan Rickman, Danny Aiello, Harvey Keitel, Rod Steiger, Susan Sarandon, and the lovely aforementioned M-E-M. It’s a fun, little movie as long as you don't take it too seriously. 8/10 stars.

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