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Undercover Blues

Undercover Blues
Kathleen Turner, Dennis Quaid and Stanley Tucci

Rated: PG-13 for violence and language.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: September 10, 1993 Released by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.

Kathleen Turner shows the same top physical form that she displayed in Romancing the Stone. She plays Jane Blue, who along with her husband, Jeff (Dennis Quaid, The Big Easy) are retired spies on leave to raise their baby girl.

Jeff is the brains of the duo and Jane is the karate expert, kicking up her long legs and connecting with devastating blows, in between changing the baby's diapers - she's the ultimate 90s woman!

While relaxing on vacation in picturesque New Orleans, they're offered big bucks by the CIS to find a stolen case of army explosives. The prime suspect is Natasha, an old nemesis, who head a bumbling pack of knife-wielding foreigners.

Stanley Tucci plays a funny would-be mugger, who shows up attacking the Blues throughout the film. He calls himself "Muerte" (the Spanish word for death) but, Jeff insists on calling him "Morty", which drives the macho-wanna-be crazy. The wisecracking Blues get the best of Morty at each encounter. He reminds you of "Cato", Peter Seller's much put upon sparring partner who always ended up beaten to a pulp in the Pink Panther series - the guy just won't give up.

Turner and Quaid are really good together. Sexy, smart and witty, they have an easy going relationship of a modern couple who like being together.

The plot of Undercover Blues isn't very interesting, but director Herbert Ross has a hit because of his two very entertaining stars - they make it all worthwhile.

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