Picks and Pans Review: Fourth Story

updated 01/21/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/21/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

Showtime (Sat., Jan. 19, 9 P.M. ET)


When Mimi Rogers's hubby vanishes, she hires an unlikely private eye (Mark Harmon), a soft-boiled type who can't even find his glasses.

The movie tries to put a contemporary, Moonlighting twist on the detective genre by making everyone klutzy and smart-mouthed. But the light irony doesn't stick, and—what's worse—neither does the romance nor the suspense. So the film limps home slowly, too smug for its own good.

At least Harmon, after his stone-faced turn as Dillinger earlier this month, can flaunt his greatest assets: his boyish charm and his bare buns. Paul Gleason, M. Emmet Walsh, Michael Boatman and Cliff De Young lend support.

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