Picks and Pans Review: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

updated 12/19/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

What we've got here is a remake of 1964's Bedtime Story, in which Marlon Brando tried to be funny and co-star David Niven labored to look amused. Both failed miserably. This time Steve Martin is funny, and Michael Caine actually does look amused. Amazing what the right casting can do. Martin and Caine play con men out to bilk rich women. But their latest mark, a naive American played by the enchanting Glenne (Nadine) Headly, may be their undoing. Shhhhh. Don't want to spoil any surprises. Let's say only that Frank (The Little Shop of Horrors) Oz has directed with a deft hand. That the French Riviera scenery is breathtaking. That Caine makes a charming rogue. That Martin is a howl, especially when pretending to be an addled prince named Ruprecht. And that you're in for a giddy, here-comes-that-grin entertainment. (PG)


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