Picks and Pans Review: Clinton and Nadine

updated 05/30/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/30/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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The movie sounds hot; its score was written by Jan (Miami Vice) Hammer. It looks hot; its scenes of Florida are almost as steamy as its stars, Andy (The Untouchables) Garcia and Ellen (The Big Easy) Barkin. It feels hot. So too bad it makes no sense at all. Garcia plays Clinton, a bird smuggler whose brother gets bumped off by bad guys somehow affiliated with the contras, American generals and high-priced prostitutes. Barkin plays Nadine, who happens to be around when the brother is killed and happens to be one of those prostitutes but who wants to be a singer or own a lake in Canada, I'm not sure which. So Garcia and Barkin go driving off with his dog and her baby, falling in love while they look for villains. But I don't know why they keep hauling a piano around. Clinton and Nadine's confusing nonstory would have been easier to swallow—or ignore—if only the movie's sexy, sexy costars had been allowed to stop chasing wild geese long enough to chase each other and generate some heat of their own.

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