Reviewed byvestabrigitVote: 6/10/10
From John Cusack's earlier days, this film is a cute one that slippedthrough the cracks. It features a shaggy-haired John from his earlier,hapless romantic teen phase. Ben Stiller, as ever, plays a jerk. It'snot a must-see, but a good one to pass the time with and just have alaugh at the strange things Cusack has to do in this movie--aside fromgetting wet and topless...
High points of the movie: watching him get stoned with a bunch ofisland natives, get drunk in an island bar and shanghaied into serviceon a boat, and then arrested and thrown into a local jail. The crazypirate, played by Robert Loggia was excellent comedy relief as well.
Reviewed bylost-in-limboVote: 5/10/10
Danny Bartlett can't wait until he and his girlfriend, Lori Conenberghead out with her family on a Caribbean vacation. But what stands inhis way of this perfect dream is a final chemistry exam, which he leftto study for the night before (oh that brings back memories ;)). Whatoccurs is that Danny flunks his exam and when Lori's family arrives topick him up. He must cancel the trip. Not long after the Cronenberg'sleft. His chemistry professor comes in decides to give him a break, bygiving passing grade and encouraging him to catch up with her. Danmisses their plane, but eventually arrives in the Caribbean. In hisgoal to be with Lori he manages to stumble into one unusual situationafter another.
Like I was, if you're feeling lazy. This Cusack vehicle might not behis greatest (far from it), but it passes by as an earnest comedy teencaper. It's a nostalgia trip of the 80s brand of teen fluff and god Ilove that style. "Hot Pursuit" is generically peppered with a bonbon ofspontaneous activities and colourful characters, which makes sure itsnever boring. Helped along by snappy pacing and John Cusack's sprucelymaniac performance is another highlight. Despite these gold and energyfilled aspects, it's still quite uninspired in its story telling andthe bubblegum script is not as oddly witty as you would hope. Simplyput it's not funny. Diverting yep, but far from hilarious. What hitsyou with a wallop is its change of direction mid-way through the film.It's a story with definite mood swings. From it's cosy light heartedbeginning that turns into a violent adventure thriller. Somewhere inthe middle of all of that is the bumbling chase pattern. Although likemost of these products we know how it's going to end up with a happyfeel good time and good guys come through. These things shouldn'tbother you, as why would you be watching it then. Director StevenLisberger does a passable job. He manages to get some breathtakingimages of the alluringly sparkling Caribbean locations. The music scoreis a relic of the times, but it being a zippy package only enhances thechirpy air created by its lively carefree environment and inhabitants.A quick-witted John Cusack is his usual charming (and popular) self. Hebasically carries the film through its dead patches. If he wasn't thelead for this film, I'm sure it just wouldn't be as appealing. Makinghis film debut is a stiffly raw Ben Stiller as a slime ball character.His frail performance and off humour is totally unsuccessful. Hisfather Jerry Stiller has a joyfully untamed part and Robert Loggia islet loose as the neurotic head case sea captain that teams up withCusack's character. A lovely Wendy Gazelle is good in her part as Lori.Monte Markham and Shelley Fabares are fine as the parents. Turning upin a bright sunny role is Keith David as a relaxed, pot-smoking localwith some amusing banter to share.
This predictable 80s comedy is a modest (if forgettable) attempt thatpasses the time without much trouble. It's one you wouldn't go out ofyour way to see (unless you're a fan of Cusack and want to see all hisfilms), but if it's on TV there's no harm in it.
Reviewed byDICK STEELVote: 5/10/10
After a hiatus of weeks, I'm back with scouring the library for moreJohn Cusack movies. Hot Pursuit is one of his earliest movies, evenearlier than the previously reviewed Say Anything. Here, he plays ateenager whose Chemistry exam stands in the way of spending a Caribbeanholiday with his girlfriend and her family.
However, his professor turns a blind eye to his flunking of the examand the need for remedial lessons, and Cusack has to pursue his girland her family as they had already set off without him. It's a decentcomedy as he gets into situations like missing planes, spending thenight with ganja-smoking Caribbeans, getting entangled with a pirate ofsorts, and so on. And it all boils down to his ability to be able tosave his girl and her family when they become victims of some thugs whotake over their yacht.
Fans of Ben Stiller would also want to watch this for one of Stiller'searly performances on screen, and a villain at that. He doesn't havemuch lines, and neither are they funny though.
Like most teen romance comedies of the 80s, it's pretty predictablestuff, and plays like a teenage boy's fantasy of how a holiday couldprobably turn out, and becoming the hero who saves the day. Suitablefor those boring weekends which you want to waste away.
Barebones Code 1 DVD containing no extras.
Young Danny is following his rich girlfriend's family to the Caribbean. But suddenly he simply must take a chemistry test and cannot go with them. After they have left, he gets a leave from his professor and takes a plane to find them. But he is not quite sure where they are, and meets smugglers, crazy captains and murderers.