May 18, 1994 -- ``Undercover Blues'' is one of the best comedies I have seen in a long time. Now it is out on video so everyone can enjoy it.
Director Herbert Ross (``The Goodbye Girl'' and ``Footloose'') shows a wonderful light touch in this film. Dennis Quaid and Kathleen Turner sparkle as Jeff and Jane Blue, secret agents who battle the bad guys with their young child in tow.
Quaid and Turner remind me of William Powell and Myrna Loy in the ``Thin Man'' movies. The two modern stars show the same wit, intelligence, charm and style as do the aforementioned screen legends. Screenwriter Ian Abrams achieves a very Nick and Nora type of witty banter for the two stars in his first script to be produced for the screen.
Another standout in the film is the comical villain Muerte, played by Stanley Tucci (``The Pelican Brief''). Tucci is great as the hapless foil of the Blues in his ceaseless attempts to do them in. Tucci shows himself to be very adept at physical comedy.
Despite the film's obvious roots in the Thin Man films, the movie avoids the usual cliches and the violence that sometimes mars modern action comedies. Ross keeps the film rolling along at a very hectic pace and the jokes never wear thin. This is a modern classic and I hope there are many more Blue sequels to come. It rates an A.
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