Illegally Yours

  • 1988
  • 1 HR 42 MIN
  • PG
  • Comedy, Romance

In ILLEGALLY YOURS director Bogdanovich again tries to revive the Cary Grant-style screwball comedy but can't pull it off. With Lowe in the Grant role, the film is a series of comic mishaps involving a blackmailer, a corpse, an incriminating audiotape, an innocent woman (Camp) who accidentally picks up the tape, and a pair of teenage blackmail victims (Myers...read more

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In ILLEGALLY YOURS director Bogdanovich again tries to revive the Cary Grant-style screwball comedy but can't pull it off. With Lowe in the Grant role, the film is a series of comic mishaps involving a blackmailer, a corpse, an incriminating audiotape, an innocent woman (Camp) who

accidentally picks up the tape, and a pair of teenage blackmail victims (Myers and Straten). Into these madcap events steps Lowe--a bespectacled mensch who, despite being jobless and loveless, nonetheless optimistically expects to turn his life around. Although all the necessary elements are here,

ILLEGALLY YOURS never gels. Most disconcerting about this failure is that it's difficult to pinpoint where things went wrong. The film isn't funny, but it's hard to figure out why. The script is filled with humorous ideas and situations; the direction is fast, intelligent, and witty; the plot

turns and character eccentricities are sufficiently "screwball"; the romance has an emotional and psychological basis that lends it credibility; and the supporting characters are enjoyable to watch. Even the questionable casting of Lowe in a comic turn is successful. Perhaps the film's failing

derives from the irreversible truth that the Hollywood style of filmmaking made famous by the likes of Howard Hawks, John Ford, Leo McCarey, Raoul Walsh, and Allan Dwan is a lost art.

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  • Released: 1988
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: In ILLEGALLY YOURS director Bogdanovich again tries to revive the Cary Grant-style screwball comedy but can't pull it off. With Lowe in the Grant role, the film is a series of comic mishaps involving a blackmailer, a corpse, an incriminating audiotape, an… (more)

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