Blame it on Rio
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Welcome to the most exciting and sensual city in the world... Rio de Janeiro! The ultimate naughtiness of Brazil's hottest town is captured in this wild and wacky, zany screwball romantic comedy with a red-hot cast that includes Michael Caine (The Holcroft Covenant), Joseph Bologna (Cops and Robbers), Michelle Johnson (Waxwork), Valerie Harper (Rhoda) 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! Legendary filmmaker Stanley Donen (Singin in the Rain, Charade, Funny Face) directed this romantic comedy, the final feature film in his glorious career.
-Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson
-Original Theatrical Trailer
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The comedy revolves around Victor searching for the older gentleman that slept with his daughter so he can pummel him or worse. He drags Matthew (played by Michael Caine) around to assist in his manhunt even though Matthew is the guilty party. Hijinks ensue and everything builds to a crescendo before all is revealed. Michael Caine is pretty much himself in this movie and Joseph Bologna makes a great comic foil. Demi Moore, who plays Nicole, is surprisingly supportive of her friend's trysts with her father, but doesn't factor into the story much. Michelle Johnson is good at conveying tenderness and warmth, but was a bit unpolished as an actress otherwise. I believe she was genuinely 18 at the time this was filmed so I give her a pass.
It's not laugh-out-loud funny, but it is charming. Although there's plenty of nudity, I don't think there's any serious profanity (unless you count "hell" as vulgar), only minor violence (people getting punched, roughhousing, and a small cut shaving but no serious injury) and there's no actual sex depicted onscreen. If it wasn't for the scenes at the topless beach and the polaroid Jennifer takes of herself, this would be PG-13.
It was fun to be back in the 80's ... life was so different then. But this was also part of it, as I remember, the milieu of free to be yourself but face the consequences and re-think the whole thing due to that. This film was uncomfortable in some ways at some points but turned out well.
1. Michael Caine & Michelle Johnson are both fantastic in this film.
2. Overall a fun a light-hearthed romantic comedy
3. Nice cinematography
1. If you are easily offended by relationships with a large age discrepancy, this film may not be for you.