Picks and Pans Review: D.C. Cab

updated 01/16/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/16/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

No fare. Written and directed by Joel Schumacher, who wrote Car Wash and directed The Incredible Shrinking Woman, this film, about a ramshackle taxi company in Washington, was apparently supposed to be one of those jolly working-class rebel comedies. It's mostly a working-class mob scene, with jokes along the lines of "Albert doesn't have no political convictions; he's an American." The cast includes Mr. T, Max (Barney Miller) Gail, Adam (My Bodyguard) Baldwin, Gary (The Buddy Holly Story) Busey, newcomer Marsha Warfield and a few dozen more people, all of whom seem to be constantly standing around in small rooms. The plot eventually leads to the kidnapping of two children of a diplomat, hardly a surefire comic concept. The closest thing to humor is when Mr. T gives one of his stern-faced lectures on right living, and the camera slowly zooms back to reveal that he's standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Even that may not be hilarious, folks, but it's all there is. (R)

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