The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida on September 15, 1989 · 157
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The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida · 157

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WEEKEND MOVIES This inept Cookie crumbles Comedy can be fun but it’s more often cartoonish By RYAN MURPHY Herald Staff Writer Emily Lloyd star of director Susan Seidelman’s new film Cookie obviously poured over Desperately Seeking Susan Seidelman’s best film to 'date Lloyd’s resemblance to Susan star Madonna is uncanny The clothes (thrift-shop chic) are the same The language (filthy) is the same Lloyd even has Madonna’s streetwise prowl and growl down As the title character in Cookie Lloyd is Madonna It’s not her fault Emulation propels this film and Lloyd has only chosen to follow suit She’s an irritating foul-mouthed ball of energy in Cookie — garish and empty like the vehicle she flops around in Cookie has broad concepts but is devoid of detail — important in a black comedy The story the characters bordering on stereotype the dirty New York landscape and the mob corruption are well-covered territory and have been better presented in other films Sidesteps theme Written by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen who also wrote the far superior Stlkwood Cookie sidesteps its central theme: a daughter’s attempts to win her estranged father’s love Dino (Peter Falk) has been in the slammer for seven years Finally released he wants to go straight and settle down with Lenore (Dianne Wiest) his longtime mistress and the mother of his only child (Lloyd) First however Dino must settle a score with former partner Carmine Tarantino who has stolen from him over the years And he must tame Cookie who in his absence has grown into a defiant young miss Cookie is so nasty Dino considers knocking her off (it worked for a friend of his) But that he eventually realizes would ruin his lot with Lenore So he gets his daughter a job sewing Calvin Klein labels on hot Hong Kong jeans Between the insults Cookie is furious It smells in those factories and they only pay minimum wage Dmo breaks down and lets her be his driver Between insults quibbles and obscene Italian hand gestures the two come to respect each other and team up to foil his former partner and a district attorney who wants Dino back in the slammer Lloyd so good in Wish You Were Here is a talented actress but her gifts are not used here She spends far too much time preening her Madonna tendrils and fiddling with her wad of gum There is some fun in Cookie Its enthusiasm is at times contagious and the supporting performances — by the wonderfully prune-faced Wi- - " i MOVIE REVIEW COOKIE (R) Cast: Peter Falk Dianne Wiest Emily Lloyd Michael V Gazzo Brenda Vaccaro Jerry Lewis Director: Susan Seidelman Producer: Laurence Mark Screenwriters: Nora Ephron Alice Arlen A Warner Bros release Profanity vulgarity Running time 93 minutes est and the deliciously haggard Brenda Vaccaro as Dino’s wife — are executed with care and subtlety Their characters have character Vaccaro chain-smokes and grooms fussy dogs Wiest eats bonbons and is forever knitting her brow in worry Cliched performance Falk should have learned from viewing the daily footage His is a by-the-book performance a hodgepodge of Jimmy Cagney and Edward G Robinson The shrugs the cool disdain the plucky lapels on his jacket — Falk has captured every gangster-boss cliche and rolled them into his performance Seidelman gets some of the blame She is concerned with exploding cars huge grimaces loud laughs Her characters speak in grunts If she got a nickel for every time Lloyd said “dem” or “dose” or “dese” Seidelman would be as rich as Leona Helmsley Cookie has the look and feel of a cartoon And that unfortunately is why it crumbles NOW SHOWING GcV tA C NFMA S INTRACOASTAL THEATRE ftJNv SiS3vVD NC tJTDST N MIAMI i ACH VS It t WOVHCO S MILLER SQUARE 8 MILLER & SW 137THAVE 307 3494 In MUVICO THEATERS CALIFORNIA CLUB A 150 VtS OAlTY RD TRg 657-0550 G(Nff?AlCNEMAS CINEMA 10 At V7AC i CENTER 3301 CORAL WA 442 2299 GENfRALCN'MAS HIALEAH 8 PALMETTO EXPWV ft NW 1CJ7D ST 567 9006 AMC THFAT9CS SOUTH DADE 8 US I ft SW 105THST 251 1044 womftco S MIAMI LAKES 10 AT MA N ft LUDIAM 550 36 C WOWt CO S FLORIDA THEATRE 4 SOON PA7KRD hOl vvOOD 90 7 9350 WOM COS UNIVERSITY THEATRES SW C7Ih AVt OaP b 23 2700 G SCJA C EMA S PEMBROKE PINES 8 SW PINTS 9LVO ft FLAV NGO 2D 437 7790 A VC EA 2 S KENDALL TOWN 8 COUNTRY 10 i-LA TPt AT KeNOAll DR 27 6 90 At SC NBAOWAAT CORAL nOGE FCXfcHE ‘OlMTAKS CORAL SOuARi CMtUAS'POWPAftO 100000 OEEWEL0 UAUI MOVIES! 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