February 14, 1992 at 05:00 AM EST

Pure Luck

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
96 minutes
performer
Danny Glover, Martin Short, Sheila Kelley, Sam Wanamaker
director
Nadia Tass
distributor
Universal
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Comedy
We gave it a C+

In this remake of the French hit La Chèvre, Martin Short plays accident-prone accountant Eugene Proctor. When his boss’ klutzy daughter disappears, Proctor is asked to lead the search; after all, sharing her talent for attracting trouble, he’s the one most likely to stumble upon her. More in the spirit of Chevy Chase than Charlie Chaplin, Pure Luck is pure, dumb slapstick. Short falls off chairs, walks into doors, and swells up from a bee sting — all to the embarrassment of his stern detective partner, perennial sidekick Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon). Still, this silly movie is good for a laugh or two, especially if you shtick-shift to the pratfalls and replay them liberally. C+

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