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Goldie Hawn "is golden in her best role since Private Benjamin" (CBS-TV) as a Washington waitress who joins the state department, sending global diplomacy into a tailspin. Year: 1984 Director: Herbert Ross Starring: Goldie Hawn, Chris Sarandon, Richard Romanus
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Hawn, the "girl with short blonde hair" plays the object of romantic interest for a Calif of some non-descript Middle Easter (Arabic) nation, like a Yeman or Oman, and sets his heart on someone who seems right for him.
The film is somewhat cliché, and by that I mean some of the visual montages used to sell the idea that Hawn's character is a national sensation, to me, don't really ring as being true. But then again, that's kind of what movies are for, but even so a little more plot explanation, I think, was needed to help bolster her character's success to better explain the troubles that result from that success.
Either way it's a fun little film, even if implausible (even for a romcom). It has a lot of funny parts, and it might have been more than what it already is. See it once.
If you prefer crush, kill, and destroy than this is not the film for you!
As a comedy, Protocol does have its moments, though Dave garners the most laughs. As a demonstration of pure acting ability, stick with Guarding Tess. Why then should someone plunk hard-earned bucks down on a movie such as Protocol?
Goldie Hawn is a cultural icon and gives any movie she appears in some basic worth. Buck Henry, who is known for early Saturday Night Live appearances, directing Heaven Can Wait, and the screenplay for the Owl and the Pussycat, wrote the screenplay for Protocol. Herbert Ross, who directed The Goodbye Girl, sits in the director's chair. Most importantly, those who fondly remember any of the above mentioned names will appreciate the blast from the past that Protocol represents.
Without giving away too much of the film's surprises, Goldie plays a ditzy character who finds herself doing the right thing at the wrong time. In this particular case, she inadvertently saves the life of a visiting Arab political figure. Apparent gratitude from the U.S. government eventually lands Hawn's character a position on the White House's protocol team. There, Goldie finds herself to be basically a pawn. In her own abnormal fashion, Goldie proves that pawns can, in fact, win the game.
One special historical note is brought forth through viewing Protocol in a post-Sept. 11th world. Hollywood's portrayal of Arabs has uniquely changed during the years since Protocol originally played in theaters across America.
And although it may be an older movie, the game has not changed in decades. Bravo Goldie.