Classic Movie Review The Pick Up Artist

The Pick Up Artist is a bizarrely bad movie of the kind only James Toback seems capable of. This mess of a romantic comedy and a gangster movie attempts to be both conventional and unconventional. Toback’s thing has always been arthouse style talky existentialism with a healthy dose of New York. Watching him try to cram that unusual sensibility into a mainstream movie would be unwatchable were it not for Robert Downey Jr. and Molly Ringwald who, at the very least, remain likable even as they struggle against a director lost in his attempt to serve the commercial and the arty.

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THE PICK-UP ARTIST, from left: Molly Ringwald, Robert Downey Jr., 1987. TM and Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.

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