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The Marrying Man

The Marrying Man
Starring:
Alec Baldwin, Kim Bassinger, Armand Assante and Paul Reiser


Rated: R for language
Reviewed by: Frank and Chris  
Release date: April 5, 1991

While on a bachelor fling with friends, six days before he is to marry the daughter of a Hollywood producer, Charlie Pearl (Alec Baldwin) becomes smitten with Vicki (Kim Basinger), a Las Vegas lounge singer. Charlie's warned not a pursue her, because she's Bugsy Siegel's (Armand Assante) property. Being a spoiled heir to a toothpaste fortune, he does exactly as he pleases. When Bugsy discovers their affair, he forces Charlie and Vicki to marry; thus begins the first of many marriages and separations.

Charlie's friend, Phil (Paul Reiser) narrates this lust/hate relationship that spans from 1948 to 1956.

This Neil Simon comedy has a lot going for it, great Cole Porter songs, performed by Basinger (she's an adequate singer), classic clothes and cars and two beautiful stars to look at (lots of close ups). It lacks a story that keeps your interest. The stars are capable; however, the none-note joke can't sustain an entire movie and what starts out as a film with potential, falls flat.

  Frank Chris Jim Nina Sam Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
The Marrying Man  D   D                     D 

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