Stars and Bars (1988)

R   |    |  Comedy

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A British art expert travels across America in order to purchase a rare Renoir painting in the South but comes across some crazy characters in the process.

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  • Daniel Day-Lewis and Deirdre O'Connell in Stars and Bars (1988)
  • Joan Cusack and Daniel Day-Lewis in Stars and Bars (1988)
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30 November 2002 | eno2000
Depending on your expectations, you'll either hate it or love it.
This is one of those rare films that seems to divide into only two groups: You will only be able to love or hate this movie. However, I think the previous reviews leave out an essential element to determining which camp you fall into: whether you are interested in the actors (based on previous roles) or the film.

The best way to give you some idea of what to expect is the usual vehicle: comparison with other films. If you loved Martin Scorcese's film, After Hours or enjoyed Something Wild (with Melanie Griffith and Jeff Daniels) or were even guiltily amused by Who's That Girl (Madonna and Griffin Dunne), then you will probably like this movie. Stars and Bars uses a similar formula of "straight laced, uptight man" being taken for a wild adventure by "free-spirited, sexy woman".

Obviously, this would put someone like Daniel Day-Lewis into the right role (a tightly wound serious man), but in a very different universe from films like "My Left Foot" and "The Age of Innocence". If you are hoping for another period piece or serious art, this film is not for you. Luckily, I happen to like films that range from Wim Wenders to the latest Adam Sandler vehicle. :)

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