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Video Review: 'Cops and Robbersons'

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Cops and Robbersons

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
performer:
Chevy Chase, Jack Palance, Robert Davi, Dianne Wiest
director:
Michael Ritchie
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a C-

Chevy Chase is the stumblebum family man whose house gets commandeered for a police stakeout. Jack Palance is the cop on the case who eats stumblebums for breakfast. By now these two actors can play such parts in their sleep — which is what they seem to be doing here. It’s not just the typecasting that killed Cops and Robbersons, it’s also the way director Michael Ritchie goes against his stars’ strengths, eschewing broadside character collisions for warmer, fuzzier encounters. Here’s a movie in which a typical Palance hard-ass ends up as the Robbersons’ honorary ”Uncle Jake.” Dopey? Yes. But not funny. C-

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