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Brenda Starr

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Brenda Starr

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
performer:
Timothy Dalton, Brooke Shields, Tony Peck
director:
Robert Ellis Miller
genre:
Comedy, ActionAdventure

We gave it an F

Thanks to legal complications, it took six years for Brenda Starr to flicker, ever so briefly, on the big screen. If only the disagreement had dragged out indefinitely. This two-dimensional story about the classic comic-strip character (Brooke Shields) begins when her love-struck cartoonist (Tony Peck) is literally drawn into his work. Once there, he must compete for reporter Brenda’s attention; his opponents are the dashing Basil St. John (Timothy Dalton) and Brenda’s true love — a breaking news story of international proportions. Intended as a campy celebration in the manner of Batman and Dick Tracy, Brenda Starr ends up forced and unfunny, nothing more than a chain of shticky chase scenes. On video, big, beautiful Brooke appears downright Amazonian, especially when clad in a circus costume that looks two sizes too small, and her outlandish costumes are only surpassed by her overwrought acting. If you’re planning an awful-video party, make Brenda Starr your featured attraction. F

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