27 August 2004 | MysticSongstress16
Adrien Pasdar...need I say more?
I am glad that I'm not the only one who is intrigued by Adrien Pasdar (Near Dark). He is very good looking, and has talent a good deal of talent, even though in these type of stereotypical comedies it is difficult to see.
Adrien Pasdar can presently be seen as the D.A in the CBS drama Judging Amy, which is a much better example of his talent and depth. But Adrien Pasdar aside, this is a good comedy. The definitive word here is COMEDY. Don't watch this movie looking for a deeply moving, world changing experience, because you aren't going to find it. Watch instead for a fondness of Peter Falk humor, and enjoy the story of his illegitimate daughter Cookie. Emily Loyd is quite possibly the perfect choice for the role of Cookie, having never seen her before myself, it made it even easier for me to believe she truly was a Brooklyn tough-chick, who's estranged and imprisoned father was a gangster known on the street as Dapper Dino.
At first she's a bit off putting, for one it was the 80's, and the wardrobe chosen for her is made to fit that era and age of the character. But it is still garish and goofy at times. One example, the white dress that she wears to the mafia Christmas party-what was that all about? I suppose they were trying to show her immaturity and to make her final outfit-which is a major improvement-be all the more attractive and satisfying. The actress Emily Loyd is not a raving beauty, which works out for the best because I couldn't see the character Cookie being model gorgeous, but there are several unique elements to her features that give her a strange sort of beauty that is lovely none-the-less. The character Vito (Adrien Pasdar) notices this about Cookie the first time he sees her. Vito is a character I think you'll enjoy. He is that bad boy with a good heart type that strikes a chord in many American women's hearts. I enjoyed the romance element between Vito and Cookie the most, second only to the hilarious events that occur between she and her father throughout the film. There are some things that could have made this film better, but few films are perfect so why split hairs? Enjoy the movie for what it is, an 80's comedy/romance, with the handsome and pleasing Adrien Pasdar...shame he's married.