Picks and Pans Review: New on Video

updated 12/03/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/03/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

>SITTING TURKEY: BIRD ON A WIRE There are frequent shots of Mel Gibson's backside and enough uses of the word "butt" to make a documentary on billy-goats. The rest of this chase film—with Mel and Goldie Hawn fleeing some inept crooks—is silly too. Even Gibson's fans won't like it when he runs out on an ex-girlfriend who is helping him in a gunfight. (MCA)

QUIET PARTY: BETSY'S WEDDING Alan Alda is writer-director-star of a comedy about a real estate developer whose daughter is engaged to a dull young man. A Mafia-oriented subplot is dumb, and the laughs are slight. But the cast is tops, from Alda and Madeline Kahn as his wife, to Molly Ringwald as the daughter and Anthony LaPaglia as a love-struck mobster. (Touchstone)

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