Picks and Pans Review: The Real Mccoy

updated 09/20/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/20/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Kim Basinger, Val Kilmer

Basinger, out on parole after a six-year prison stint for bank robbery, wants to bond with the son (Zaeh English) whom she left behind and in the dark about her criminal past. But when she meets with her loutish former husband (Gailard Sartain) to talk about visitation possibilities, he explains that English, to be spared pain and humiliation, has been told she died. Basinger is understandably eager to set the record straight and to go straight. Her former partner-in-crime (Terence Stamp), meanwhile, is eager for her to pull off another heist, and he can be a pretty darn persuasive fellow. He arranges for Basinger's slime-bucket parole officer (Ravnor Scheine) to kidnap English, then has Basinger roughed up a bit, assuring her, "I don't want to hurt you. I just want the bank." No bank, no boy—it's as simple as that. So Basinger signs on for one last job.

The money is the only thing that adds up in The Real McCoy. Why Basinger (in a vapid performance) chose this particular line of work is never made clear. Nor is it plausible that she-would choose as the driver of her getaway car a man (Kilmer) she witnessed botching the robbery of a convenience store, and, when their car stalls in mid-chase, that she just wouldn't get out and run. No less baffling is her son's reaction to being abducted—even if his prison is a large, well-equipped house. "I like this hostage thing," he enthuses. "I love having a pool." (PG-13)

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