19 August 2001 | vfrickey
it's a guilty pleasure, but a GOOD guilty pleasure
I was a little taken aback by the vote rating and other viewers' comments on "Sticky Fingers" - surely, it was better than a 4.5, and surely it wasn't (as another reviewer said) 'f******' - so I watched it again, and sure 'nuff, it was actually funny. You just have to be able to get the jokes.
I found "Sticky Fingers" a great way to waste an hour and a half... Melanie Mayron and Helen Slater are fine as the orchestra musicians who are forced to play in parks in order to keep a roof over their heads, and when even that doesn't bring in the three months' overdue rent... I won't spoil the plot for you, but the two main characters are asked to keep a whole grocery bag of illegally gotten money for a druggie friend (Danitra Vance) of theirs, and succumb to the temptation to, well, dig into the bag.
They save themselves from eviction by paying the long over-due rent to their landlady (Eileen Brennan), then... well, everything after that is wonderfully convoluted and very entertaining, a series of comic nightmares set in the seamy back streets of New York. Carol Kane gives us a great subplot and earns her money, something "name" actors don't always manage to do in recent movies.
Check it out next time you have an hour and a half free and nothing better to do. You'll laugh, I almost guarantee it. (OK, so maybe if you aren't into intellectual humor, this won't be your thing, but everyone else will laugh.) In fact, this is the sort of thing that the IFC satellite TV channel picks up on - if anyone there is reading this, drop a note in the suggestion box at work, huh?