|year: 1987 cast: John Cusack, Robert Loggia rating: ***|
Cusack, fresh from feel-good classics like BETTER OFF DEAD, ONE CRAZY SUMMER and THE SURE THING, strays from his usual ever-likable persona as a jerk with a chip on his shoulder and has little patience for his girlfriend – or anyone else for that matter. But after getting a reprieve from his professor he rushes to join his girl at the airport – and just misses her. He travels to the Caribbean and reluctantly teams up with a group of Rastafarians (including Keith David) and eventually boards the dilapidated vessel of endearing modern day pirate Robert Loggia.
Dan’s always a step away from reaching his seemingly impossible goal and in one overlong scene, where he and Loggia weather a formidable storm, the film turns from brat pack to Jack London. Directed by TRON creator Steve Lisberger, this isn’t a very funny picture but will keep your interest.
There’s something new around every turn and once the villains are revealed – a father/son teaming of Jerry and the not-yet-famous Ben Stiller who kidnapped Dan’s future in-laws aboard a yacht – our shaggy hero morphs into the Cusack we know and love, becoming someone to actually root for.
|title: THE SURE THING year: 1985 cast: John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga rating: ****|
|title: BEING JOHN MALKOVICH year: 1999 cast: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, rating: **1/2|