Rated: PG-13 Reviewed by: Frank Release date: August 31, 1994 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation
There are two distinct parts to Milk Money. One is very uncomfortable and poorly conceived, the other is a pleasant courtship between Melanie Griffith and Ed Harris.
Three boys, Frank (Michael Patrick Carter), Brad (Adam LaVargna) and Kevin (Brian Christopher) decide to pool their savings of $103 and change to go into Pittsburgh and pay a woman to expose herself to them. They meet a hooker called V (Griffith) who has just lost a trick and needs money to pay her pimp. She accepts the $100 plus from the kids and exposes part of her body to them. Frank doesn't look.
The idea of an adult exposing herself to kids is far beyond comedy. It is at least in poor taste and probably is child abuse.
When V takes Frank home she meets his father (Ed Harris) a high school teacher. Griffith and Harris carry the film from that point on and turn a disaster into a pleasant romp. Their skill and the chemistry turn the uncomfortable beginning into a romantic comedy. Together they save the local wetlands, fall in love and Frank has a new mother at the end of it all.
Harris is an excellent performer and he is perfect as the quiet soft spoken widower. Griffith is most attractive when she dresses in clothes which belonged to Frank's mother. They are fun to watch as they fall in love.