Picks and Pans Review: Getting Personal

updated 04/06/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/06/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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Milo Doucette (Duane Martin) is a cocky young producer of TV commercials in Chicago; Robyn Buckley (Independence Day's Vivica A. Fox) is a suave, sexy businesswoman newly arrived from New York City. You can tell that this couple's blind date—arranged by Milo's doofus buddy and office mate Sam (Jon Cryer)—is going to be a disaster when they start arguing about The Jeffersons. He: "I refuse to believe that Weezie was only with George for his money." She: "Then what was it? The free dry cleaning? The deluxe apartment in the sky?"

Cute, but from there the plot gets wheezy; the humor, sleazy. At work the next day, Milo discovers that Robyn has just been hired as his new boss by his old boss Jack (Elliott Gould), who has decided to step aside. Hearing about their date, Jack's first question is, "Ya bag her?"

There are also jokes about condoms and diaphragms as well as men who drive Porsches. (They have small penises, Robyn tells Milo, who owns a sporty car. Guess which make?) Fox, the movie actress, has the makings of a sitcom star. Too bad FOX, the network, has cast her in this ill-conceived smutcom. Martin (Scream 2), despite a snappy delivery, appears to be impersonating J.J. from Good Times. Cryer, who was so good in FOX's 1995-96 two-guys-and-a-girl comedy Partners, is wasted. She's like a grungier David Spade, the office wiseass on NBC's Just Shoot Me, which is precisely what Cryer's eyes seem to be pleading in most scenes.

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