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Pick Up Artist [VHS] (1987)

Molly Ringwald , Robert Downey Jr. , James Toback  |  PG-13 |  VHS Tape
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Molly Ringwald, Robert Downey Jr., Dennis Hopper, Danny Aiello, Mildred Dunnock
  • Directors: James Toback
  • Writers: James Toback
  • Producers: David Leigh MacLeod, Warren Beatty
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
  • VHS Release Date: May 5, 1998
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630100678X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,226 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

From the pen of James Toback comes this ridiculous talk-fest, in which people seem to say whatever comes into their minds, whether it's interesting, germane, or doesn't even makes sense. What story there is centers on Robert Downey Jr., an inveterate womanizer who meets the girl of his dreams--and the one woman immune to his charms. She's Molly Ringwald, and her drunken father (Dennis Hopper) is in debt up to his neck to the mob. So she agrees to go to Atlantic City with a surly mobster and his cronies (Danny Aiello and Harvey Keitel), who have more than gambling on their minds. Downey tries to save Ringwald, even as he attempts to convince her that he can curb his wandering eye and be faithful to her. These people never shut up, but you'll quickly wish they would. --Marshall Fine

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Jack Jericho (Robert Downey Jr.) is a master in the art of meeting women, but the master has just met his match - the beautiful Randy Jensen (Molly Ringwald). In this hilarious, romantic comedy, a smug, compulsive womanizer who won't take no for an answer meets the woman of his dreams, only to find her impervious to his charm.

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pick this Film Up! August 27, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Before his troubles with the law, Robert Downey, Jr. starred in this charming comedy vehicle as Jack, a schoolteacher, who knows more pick up lines than a politician on Capitol Hill. During one of his frequent visits to one of New York City's many night club, he meets Randy Jensen (Ringwald)a museum guide at the American Museum of Natural History whom he becomes fascinated with.
During a short period, Jack discovers that he has met his match in Randy due to her hard-to-get attitude. However, due to her father's trouble with the mob, Randy must find a way to clear her father out of the debt he acquired from gambling. This is where Jack enters, and after an unsuccessful streak of luck in Atlantic City, Jack risks everything to help Randy out. Jack the player gives up his game and pursuit of women all for the name of love.
This is one of my all-time favorite romantic comedies. The beauty and ambiance of New York City in its' P.G. (Pre-Giuliani) days are memorable, especially for me as a native. Keep an eye out for cameos by Vanessa Williams, Victoria Jackson, Danny Aiello, and Dennis Hopper as Randy's father. Director James Toback ("Two Girls & a Guy"; "Black and White") does an excellent job of capturing Downey's immense talent on screen, and Ringwald in one of her post-Brat pack films also shines. This was one of her final films before she moved to France for a few years.
If you are in a mood for a great romantic comedy try this comedy as well as "Trick". Both films were filmed in New York and offer the audience with a charming storyline and memorable characters. Overall, the "Pick Up Artist" is an excellent film that will capture your heart.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Molly Ringwald Grows Up - Too Much July 22, 2004
Molly Ringwald became a teenage phenomenon in the 80s with "Pretty in Pink," "Sixteen Candles," and "The Breakfast Club." For a while it seemed as though every movie she made was a sure hit, until "The Pick-Up Artist." This movie has several problems that make it much less likable than Molly's other movies, and it is one of my least favorite movies starring Molly Ringwald.

Part of the problem with this movie is that Molly Ringwald actually is not the star. The principal character is Jack Jericho (Robert Downey, Jr.). Jack seems to have a mouth that continually runs. Jack seems to like to hear himself talk. Jack establishes at the beginning of the movie that he has one goal in life, and that is to meet, date and make love to as many women as possible. Clearly Jack is as shallow as plastic wrap.

Randy Jenson (Ringwald) on the other hand is an enabler. Her father Flash Jensen (Dennis Hopper) has an alcohol and a gambling problem, and Molly is doing her best to get her father out of trouble, without solving the root of his problems that lead him to drinking. I kept thinking that Randy really needs help, both for herself and for Flash. That her only help was shallow Jack Jericho seemed to be totally inadequate. I kept interpreting everything Jack did in terms of his normal goal with women, which was very distracting. Thus, when Jack actually did change in a cliche sort of way I missed the change.

This movie has some humorous moments, but they are offset too often by Robert Downey being annoying, and an intimate scene between Downey and Ringwald was a bit shocking for me. This movie is not a comedy at all, regardless of how wholesome, sweet and smiling Molly Ringwald looks on the cover.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Be Gentle, It's Their First Time July 8, 2009
This film marked the first collaboration between writer/director James Toback and Robert Downey, Jr. The two would go on to make 'Black and White' and 'Two Girls and a Guy'. Toback knew they were capable of more than they displayed here but with that being said this film is still lots of fun. It's not perfect, there are large credibility issues, but still. Jack Jericho (Downey, Jr.) is the titular character looking for the next great lay. His technique is hilarious and delivered at breakneck speed. He's too busy scoping out women down the block to focus in on any one woman. Jack gets thrown a curve ball when an attractive redhead (Ringwald) catches his eye. He's challenged when she doesn't fall for his charm and blows him off. He perseveres and within a half hour the two are enjoying a quickie in the backseat of his car. When the act is consummated she bolts without so much as giving him her name or number. Intrigued Jack sets out to learn all about her so that he can win her over. His investigation reveals that her name is Randy and she lives with an older man named Flash (Dennis Hopper). Flash is a drunk who owes a mobster named Alonzo (Harvey Keitel) a sizeable sum. Randy turns to gambling in the hopes of paying off the debt but it fails. Alonzo offers her a chance to work it off by pimping her out to a businessman (Bob Gunton). Before Randy can go through with it Jack intervenes. He takes on her debt as his own. As you can guess by now this Ringwald romantic comedy isn't like her John Hughes pictures. No, this is James Toback a director obsessed with sex, gambling, and danger. He does everything he can to challenge your expectations with the genre. Regardless the film falls victim to more than a few romantic comedy cliches. The film was originally rated R but edited to get a PG-13. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun movie
This movie is short, but is a total gem. It is funny, upbeat, easy to follow, and entertaining. I definitely recommend it for fans of Robert Downey Jr and Molly Ringwald. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars 80's classic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Corny
Corny in a wonderful way.Good guy saves the day and true romance shines as bright as the sun. One can only hope this is a reality somewhere.
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Published 17 months ago by Mary Horn
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Pretty decent and entertaining movie, not of the kind you'll never forget, but a sweet story with some humor, nice.
Published 17 months ago by Inga Drepper
4.0 out of 5 stars I am a fan of Robert Downey Jr.
I had gone for this dvd based on a recommendation I saw on another movie. It is different mainly because of the area it is from which is the '80s. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of double standards.
Love the way Downey's character has one set of standards for himself and a totally different set for his grandmother (who he looks after. Read more
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