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Destiny Turns on the Radio

Destiny Turns on the Radio
Quentin Tarantino, Nancy Travis, James LeGros, Dylan McDermott and James Belushi

Rated: R 
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: April 28, 1995 Released by: Savoy Pictures

Johnny Destiny (Quentin Tarantino) is a mystical character who appears in a Las Vegas swimming pool at a motel called Marilyn. His role is apparently to change the luck of three characters: Lucille (Nancy Travis), Harry (James LeGros) and Julian (Dylan McDermott). It sounds interesting but it is one big bore.

There are a number of successful films with spirits who change the lives of characters from Topper to Ghost. Even Disney's fairy godmothers are part of that success. In this case Jack Baran, in his first directorial debut, is a total failure. His characters are two dimensional and lifeless. The witting is void of imagination and in general consists of a series of conversations between the characters, none of which is clever of interesting.

There is no relationship between the title and the film, except Destiny turns on his car radio early in the film. The title would be more credible as "Destiny jumps into the pool." It's the swimming pool that holds all the mystery. The magic of the pool is difficult to understand because characters just disappear in it.

Rather than Destiny tuning on the radio, it turns off the audience: look for a different frequency.

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