Picks and Pans Review: Delirious

UPDATED 08/19/1991 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/19/1991 at 01:00 AM EDT

John Candy, Mariel Hemingway

It's not this soap-opera comedy's fault that it comes so soon after Soapdish. Director Tom (Dragnet) Mankiewicz and writers Lawrence J. Cohen and Fred Freeman, a team whose credits are for TV, have only themselves to blame for turning out such a haltingly paced film.

Candy is a writer who, after an accident, finds himself living the plot of the soap he works for—and able to write himself whatever heroic scenes he's in the mood for, including a horseback rescue of the show's leading lady, Emma Samms.

Samms and David Rasche, as the show's randy leading man, are funny; Hemingway displays a nice light touch, and Raymond Burr larks it up as a malevolent patriarch. Candy's timing is splendid as usual. When Robert Wagner shows up in a brief, uncredited role, Candy sputters: "What are you doing in this part? You don't do daytime TV." (PG)

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