BILL DANCER AND HIS YOUNG COMPANION CURLY SUE ARE THE CLASSIC HOMELESS FOLKS WITH HEARTS OF GOLD. THEIR SCAMS ARE AIMED NOT ATTURNING A PROFIT, BUT AT GETTING ENOUGH TO EAT.
An endearing rags-to-riches family comedy of a wandering scam artist and his streetwise, curly-headed sidekick, this guilty pleasure ranks with John Hughes's best films. Curly Sue
is the story of the street-hardened yet tender Bill Dancer (Jim Belushi) and orphaned accomplice Curly Sue (Alisan Porter). Curly Sue and Bill scam Grey Ellison (Kelly Lynch), an unsuspecting power attorney, out of a hot meal and a penthouse bed. Grey warms to the adorable Sue and the diamond-in-the-rough Bill and cools to her ruthless profession as the trio begins to feel more like a family. John Getz plays Walker McCormick, Grey's stuffy, affected boyfriend who tries his best to force the vagabonds on to the next train out of Chicago. Belushi is well cast for this role, blending grit and heart nicely, but it's the charming performance of Porter that steals most scenes. Imagine a modern Annie
through the witty eye of hit filmmaker Hughes and you have Curly Sue
. --Sarah Chace