Picks and Pans Review: Too Much Sun

updated 02/11/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/11/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

Eric Idle, Andrea Martin

Here is a comedy where a big running gag centers on how much one character spits.

Director Robert (Putney Swope) Downey, trashes Howard Duff (who died last summer) as well as Idle, Martin, his son Robert (Air America) Downey Jr. and Jennifer (Bad Dreams) Rubin in an insipid film.

It is about gay siblings, Idle and Martin, who have to come up with an offspring after Duff, their rich father, dies or lose their inheritances. Idle, despite protests by his lover, Leo (Relentless) Rossi, seeks a willing woman; Martin looks for a son she gave up for adoption when she was a teenager.

To everybody's ill fortune, the son is Ralph (The Karate Kid) Macchio, whose comedy touch brings to mind a wrecking ball hitting a tree house. Even Idle and Martin, the Monty Python and SCTV alums, seem desperate though. So do Downey the Younger, as Macchio's pal, and Rubin, as a hooker hired to straighten out Idle.

The lamebrain script is by Downey, Al Schwartz and Laura Ernst. It dwells on the fact that Jim (Men Don't Leave) Haynie, as an avaricious priest, has sexual relationships with nuns. The more sophisticated humor has a character with an Italian name played by an Asian-looking actor. (R)

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