Picks and Pans Review: Taking the Heat
updated 06/07/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/07/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Lynn Whitfield (The Josephine Baker Story) plays a New York City cop paired with an obnoxious, self-absorbed yuppie arbitrageur (Tony Goldwyn of Ghost). He's a reluctant witness to a Mob killing, and she must escort him to testify in court as an army of hit men with disgracefully poor aim try to prevent his appearance.
There follows a chaotic, increasingly tedious chase through a city willing in a heat wave. The problem with this action-comedy is that Whitfield is spectacularly unconvincing as a cop. And the inevitable romance between Whitfield and Goldwyn is even more implausible. The film does give a trio of old dogs—Alan Arkin, George Segal and Peter Boyle—a chance to howl in droll supporting roles.