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Blame It on Rio (1984)

Michael Caine , Michelle Johnson , Stanley Donen  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Michelle Johnson, Demi Moore, Joseph Bologna, Valerie Harper
  • Directors: Stanley Donen
  • Writers: Larry Gelbart, Charlie Peters
  • Producers: Stanley Donen, Bruce McNall, Larry Gelbart, Robert E. Relyea
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2001
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059TG7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,016 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blame It on Rio" on IMDb

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Welcome to the most exciting and sensual city in the world Rio de Janeiro! The "ultimate naughtiness" (Vogue) of Brazil's hottest town is captured in this "wild and wacky, zany screwball romantic comedy" (Los Angeles) with a red-hot cast that includes Michael Caine (The Cider HouseRules), Joseph Bologna (Big Daddy), Michelle Johnson (The Glimmer Man) and Demi Moore (Ghost).Upon arriving in exotic Rio, longtime friends Matthew (Caine) and Victor (Bologna) and their teenage daughters (Moore & Johnson) barely unpack before this infamous pleasure spot begins to cast its torrid spell. Matthew quickly succumbs to Cupid's arrow, but when guilt gets the better of this married man, he vows to end the affair and keep it a secret even from Victor. But as his white lies grow, so does his libido, and Matthew continues his indiscretions until his wife shows up!

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie to watch late at night June 4, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
"Blame It On Rio" is one of my favorite films. The great scenery of Rio De Janeiro is one of the perks of watching this. It's kinda like watching a travelogue of the city that's a 24-hour carnival. The film is packed with memorable lines as well ("They looked at us, let's go talk to them,"says Victor. "They're practically nude," Matthew states. Victor's response? "Try to picture them with clothes on"). Michelle Johnson won a Razzie for her performance as Jennifer, which I didn't think was that bad. Demi Moore's performance, on the other hand, takes some getting used to. Michael Caine, always the top-rate performer, doesn't disappoint in this one. His performance is honest and well-meaning. There are one small fault in the film though: the soundtrack. I'm not talking about the bossa-nova or nightclub music, but the outdated 80s music. There is one song in the film that gets played over and over again. By the end of the film, the song will not leave your head LOL. That doesn't matter though. It doesn't take away the film's entertainment value. It is still a fun film to watch and make you laugh.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Vacation April 15, 2000
By Denise
Format:VHS Tape
"Blame It On Rio" is like taking a great vacation of fun, sun and no inhibitions. The setting is beautiful Rio de Janeiro and the film gives an honest impression of the city...beautiful beaches, Bossa Nova flavored music, tropical climate. Michael Caine is hilarious, Joseph Bologna a perfect comical foil to Caine, Michelle Johnson sweet and innocent(?), and Demi Moore likeable and levelheaded. I saw this movie for the first time when I was about Michelle Johnson's age and when I saw the film recently, it brought back wonderful memories of that time in the 80s. The film is a not-so-implausible plot of a middle-aged man (Caine) spending a vacation in Brazil with his daughter (Moore),his best friend (Bologna) and his best friend's daughter (Johnson). Valerie Harper plays Caine's wife, who backs out of the vacation to Rio at the last minute and packs for Bahia. "Must have been the free and easy laughter in the air...must have been the moonlight on the sea..." Caine has an affair with his best friend's daughter (Johnson)and the comedy ensues. "Blame It On Rio" is just plain old fun with great scenery, great quotes (Johnson to Caine "That's not you life line, that's your heart line" and Caine's reply "Teeny little thing isn't it"), and great comedy!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet Little Escape to Rio November 22, 2000
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Put your inhibitions and prejudices on the back burner, and savor the beauty, innocence, humor, and humanity of this movie. Michael Caine is great as always. Michelle Johnson may never win an Oscar, but she is perfect as the liberated, honest, voluptuous daughter of Caine's best friend (Joseph Bologna). She lures Caine into an affair, presumably based on love, without any hint of malice. A young, pre-implant Demi Moore is pretty, but mostly background. Valerie Harper has funny moments as Caine's wife. Family conflict abounds, and is wrapped up in a mostly satisfying ending. Spiced up with local culture and natural beauty, including numerous topless ladies on the beach.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As un-PC as they get. March 12, 2009
Format:DVD
You've got to hand it to this "sophisticated comedy" from the 1980s -- it has the guts to go where very few films would ever dare, portraying an all-too-possible disaster on a sundrenched holiday. It points out the contradiction that you go on these vacations for fun and relaxation, only to find the constrictions of social etiquette and morality pushed to their breaking point. "Blame it on Rio" might not connect the dots in all the right ways (probably because they knew they were playing with fire) but it's all there if you look.

As usual, Michael Caine is hilarious as an average middle-aged guy who falls for the siren song of a vapid, hardbodied little temptress... who also happens to be the teenaged daughter of his best friend. It's really not done in a creepy way and is in fact a very realistic situation that simply falls way outside of our accepted norms of behavior. Would I do it? No. But I can see it happening, particularly with a guy who is in a problematic marriage. Placing it in Rio was a great idea to show how a Westerner's morals just collapse, and the movie really doesn't shy away from the fallout of thinking with your loins instead of your brain. Having said that, the Caine character gets off pretty easy and the film dodges around to avoid some awkward resolutions and in the end somewhat condones his behavior if not its consequences. That's not so good.

But, this film is a lot more honest than the environment we find ourselves in now, in which very young girls now traipse about in what is the equivalent of hooker shoes and daisy dukes, where in 2010 sex is oozing out of commercials, music videos, and the internet while most men just internalize it all and try their best to keep their view of women in the balance. This is a relatively honest film about the ridiculous hypocrisy our society creates in taunting something that is simply biological.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm, funny postcard from Rio de Janeiro May 4, 2003
Format:DVD
Gorgeous cinematography, great samba-tinged soundtrack, a hilarious script, and a wonderful cast make this a very enjoyable film. It remains as fresh, warm, and funny as it was when it was first released. Michael Caine's comic timing is, as always, dead on, Michelle Johnson conveys both innocence and teenage hormone-psychosis perfectly, and Joseph Bologna and Valerie Harper are the right combination of buffoonery and bitterness. I think the irreverence and intelligence of the film shows through in the smallest details: the advice of the umbanda woman, the uncommunicative maid, the camera-happy Japanese tourist, the very English Peter and Elaine, etc. With a less sensitive, less intelligent script, this could have been a tawdry tale of illicit love, but instead it is a delicately-crafted farce which perfectly captures the hedonism and sensuality of a cidade maravilhosa, Rio de Janeiro.
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