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· Actors: Melanie Griffith, John Goodman, Don Johnson, Edward Herrmann, Max Perlich
· Directors: Luis Mandoki
· Writers: Douglas McGrath, Garson Kanin
· Producers: Chris Soldo, D. Constantine Conte, Stephen Traxler, Stratton Leopold
· Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
· Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
· Number of tapes: 1
· Studio: Walt Disney Video
· VHS Release Date: January 26, 1995
· Run Time: 100 minutes
his is about a millionaire scrap metal tycoon who turns real estate mogul (John Goodman) whose clueless girlfriend (Melanie Griffith) finds herself without a clue in the Washington-Merrie-Go-Round. So her boyfriend (Goodman) hires Paul Verrall (Don Hohnson) to help her with the special skills, small talk, etc.
A problem: boyfriend Goodman, like almost everyone else, as the story demonstrates, are not nearly as smart as they lead everyone else to believe, like the reporter for NPR who pretends to have read de Toqueville, but has not, as Griffith discovers. It is all an act, designed to impress others.
The script is so true to life, full of flakes and phonies, that it is almost laughable.
A great movie, and one you will probably remember for a long time. It shows how we all get bullied by the people with real power over us. Very entertaining, too.