Going Undercover

  • 1988
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Comedy, Thriller

An unsubtle spoof of detective films, GOING UNDERCOVER features Chris Lemmon as Henry Brilliant, a handsome blueblood who turns his back on high society and struggles mightily to make a living as a hard-boiled private eye. Wealthy Maxine De La Hunt (Jean Simmons) offers him a tidy sum to guard her high-spirited stepdaughter, Marigold (Lea Thompson), from...read more

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An unsubtle spoof of detective films, GOING UNDERCOVER features Chris Lemmon as Henry Brilliant, a handsome blueblood who turns his back on high society and struggles mightily to make a living as a hard-boiled private eye. Wealthy Maxine De La Hunt (Jean Simmons) offers him a tidy sum to

guard her high-spirited stepdaughter, Marigold (Lea Thompson), from possible kidnaping on a European tour. Marigold continually gives Brilliant the slip and makes his life a living hell. Eventually, she is indeed kidnaped, the plot gets twisty, and the formula becomes escape, pursuit, evasion.

Aimed at the Brat Packer audience, GOING UNDERCOVER clumsily grafts elements of a college sex comedy onto the private eye genre. The result is bound to bore audiences of all ages. Establishing the proper combination of thrills and laughter for a lighthearted suspense film is tricky. GOING

UNDERCOVER fails to achieve the difficult balance that distinguished FOUL PLAY or CHARADE, for example, and emerges as neither suspenseful nor amusing. Only veteran Jean Simmons, as the stepmother, lends any finesse to these second-rate spy shenanigans.

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  • Released: 1988
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: An unsubtle spoof of detective films, GOING UNDERCOVER features Chris Lemmon as Henry Brilliant, a handsome blueblood who turns his back on high society and struggles mightily to make a living as a hard-boiled private eye. Wealthy Maxine De La Hunt (Jean S… (more)

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