Valentino Returns

  • 1989
  • Movie
  • R
  • Comedy, Drama

Predictable, contrived, and tedious, VALENTINO RETURNS is yet another example of what happens when filmmakers run out of fresh material and original ideas. Not that this film, directed by Peter Hoffman from a screenplay by Fat City author Leonard Gardner, doesn't have a few effective moments, but overall it doesn't have much impact. Frederic Forrest and...read more

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Predictable, contrived, and tedious, VALENTINO RETURNS is yet another example of what happens when filmmakers run out of fresh material and original ideas. Not that this film, directed by Peter Hoffman from a screenplay by Fat City author Leonard Gardner, doesn't have a few effective

moments, but overall it doesn't have much impact. Frederic Forrest and Veronica Cartwright give fine performances, but even these impressive players are overshadowed by the film's lackluster direction and choppy editing. Moreover, Hoffman and Gardner don't seem to have been able to decide whether

they wanted to focus their story on the estranged spouses played by Forrest and Cartwright, or upon the couple's teenage son (Barry Tubb) and his frustrating romance with local tart. Still, VALENTINO RETURNS does capture the dreary mood of its 1950s small-town northern Californian setting. Hoping

a new car will get him his chance for a roll in the hay with the beautiful Sylvia (Wright), who has slept with just about every other young man in town, Wayne Gibbs (Tubb) purchases a flamingo pink 1958 Cadillac. Meanwhile, Wayne's father, Sonny (Forrest), does his darnedest to win back his

fussing wife (Cartwright). It's a long and bumpy road, but by the fadeout, the Gibbs family members have pulled together.

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  • Released: 1989
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Predictable, contrived, and tedious, VALENTINO RETURNS is yet another example of what happens when filmmakers run out of fresh material and original ideas. Not that this film, directed by Peter Hoffman from a screenplay by Fat City author Leonard Gardner,… (more)

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