Rated: PG-13 for some violence. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: May 6, 1994 Released by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Dana Carvey stars in a clever comedy about a private eye who lost his memory in a car bomb blast.
Maurice Pogue (Carvey) has a type of amnesia where every time he falls asleep he forgets what transpired the day before. To help him piece together his identity and give him some clues to the case he's working on, the tape records information that he learns each day, usually by using some pretty ingenious methods.
Pogue discovers that he lead a very complicated and sometimes, dangerous life. He was in the middle of a case involving a stolen coin (which he can't remember where he hid), a beautiful girl (Valeria Golino) and a thug with a missing thumb (Michael Gambol, PBS Inspector Daglish). He also has an ex-wife and a nearsighted dog, who keeps missing the opening on his doggie door.
Th premise is similar to last year's hit, Groundhog Day, but instead of the same events happening over and over with minor changes, Pogue keeps adding new information and funny situations to his Clean Slate.
James Earl Jones costars as a District Attorney and Kevin Pollack (A Few Good Men) does a funny turn as a jealous Assistant D.A.
Directed by Mick Jackson, the film has good performances, a funny story and a pleasing star. Carvey is a versatile comedian with am impish grin and confused look; that makes him perfect for this character.