Release year: 1987
Director: Arthur Hiller
Screenwriter: Leslie Dixon
Starring: Shelley Long, Bette Midler, Peter Coyote, Robert Prosky, John Schuck, George Carlin, Anthony Heald, Ji-Tu Cumbuka
Ratings: 1 Golden Globe nomination: Best Actress Comedy/Musical (Bette Midler).
Two opposites, the dedicated and refined Lauren (Long) and the brash Sandy (Midler), are forced to work together when the boyfriend they discover they share disappears.
Together with Lily Tomlin, Midler (Hocus Pocus, 1993) and Long (The Money Pit, 1986) where the queens of 1980s comedy and here they are joined in an adventurous hunt for a lost and cheating boyfriend. The two are incredible well-casted. Long has previously, and later, played the stuck-up uptown girl while Midler seemed made for playing the loud free-spirited Sandy. Despite their difference, the two actresses shares a great chemistry that sparks fire under the colourful story of mysteries, rivalry and Native Americans on motorcycles. The movie takes rather long getting to the adventurous part, but you are so entertained by Long and Midler’s struggling actresses that you wont mind. Both girls are pure delight and their bickering entertaining. Whether fighting for attentions in acting class or bonding in the dessert, you feel in good company, which makes this a more than pleasant watch for anyone in mood for felling nostalgic with a bonafide 1980s comedy.
Unable to find a trailer to the movie in a decent quality, we have decided to show a clip from the movie instead:
Both Shelley Long and Bette Midler were promised top billing when they signed to do the film. Neither one wanted to give up top billing to the other. So west of the Mississippi River, Long got top billing and Midler got top billing east of the Mississippi.
Picture copyrights: Warner Home Video