Picks and Pans Review: Strick It Rich

updated 02/12/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/12/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

Robert Lindsay, Molly Ringwald

It looks like a movie and feels like a movie, with Sir John Gielgud supporting Lindsay and Ringwald in a story from a Graham Greene novel. But Strike It Rich ends up blander than bland—like a nicely formed cookie made without any sweetening agent.

Lindsay (Broadway's Me and My Girl) plays a drab London accountant in a firm run by the patrician Gielgud. Lindsay falls in love with the younger Ringwald. They marry and end up in Monaco, idling away their money, time and romance as Lindsay works on a system to beat the roulette table.

Their behavior is far too dotty to be plausible, nowhere near dotty enough to be amusing. Director James Scott, a newcomer to feature-length films, doesn't come close to bringing off the moralistic ending—an unnecessary confrontation between money and love—and is left with an indecisive acting exercise for the two stars, neither of whom distinguishes nor disgraces him or herself. (PG)

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