Picks and Pans Review: Hot Pursuit

updated 06/08/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/08/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

If you've already seen every movie out and have nothing more enjoyable to do—getting a tooth pulled, say—then go to this movie. Star John (The Sure Thing) Cusack at least is likable enough even if this movie's a treadmill on which he goes nowhere fast. Done correctly, as for example Laurel and Hardy showed, this kind of frustration film can be a howl. Co-writer-director Steven (Tron) Lisberger's movie, however, is just plain irritating. Cusack plays a prep student who has to make up a chemistry test, forcing him to forego a trip to the Caribbean with newcomer Wendy Gazelle and her family. When he does get to leave, Cusack just misses a car, then a plane, a bus and a boat Gazelle is on. The jokes miss with the same regularity. But the film goes from neutral to reverse when the yacht Gazelle and her family are on becomes the target of murderous hijackers led by comedian Jerry Stiller. One hopes Robert (The Jagged Edge) Loggia, Dallas' Monte Markham and Shelley (Brian's Song) Fabares enjoyed the paid vacation they got in Mexico, where the movie was shot. While the post cardlike photography and the pleasing sound track might be fine for a family slide show, they don't quite add up to a feature film. (PG-13)

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