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Blame it on Rio 1984

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Best friends and their daughters holiday in Rio only for one to fall for the other's daughter.

Starring:
Michael Caine, Joseph Bologna
Runtime:
1 hour, 39 minutes

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Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Stanley Donen
Starring Michael Caine, Joseph Bologna
Supporting actors Valerie Harper, Michelle Johnson, Demi Moore, José Lewgoy, Lupe Gigliotti, Michael Menaugh, Tessy Callado, Ana Lucía Lima, Maria Helena Velasco, Zeni Pereira, Eduardo Conde, Betty von Wien, Nelson Dantas, Thomas Lee Mahon, Victor Haïm, Jane Duboc, Rômulo Arantes, Giovanna Soore
Studio MGM
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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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 I'm not talking about the bossa-nova or nightclub music, but the outdated 80s music.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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"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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There are two versions of this disc available on Amazon from different distributors. The one-star rating relates to the cheap non-MGM version but this review may appear elsewhere. Be sure to buy the one with the blue bar at the top of the box that has the MGM logo and says "Movie Time". The other version has the same picture on the cover but no blue bar at the top (and is cheaper). The cheap version as you might expect is poorly authored in 480i (interlaced) format and has no menu, extras or subtitles. Depending on your player, moving objects have jagged edges and the entire movie lacks video quality. The MGM version (with the blue bar on the box) is 480p (progressive scan) and has sharper images, smoother pans and higher contrast. Still not much on extras beyond the theatrical trailer but it does have an interactive menu and some non-English subtitles.
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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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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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I love when the amateur psychoanalysts run amok because of a harmless little film such as Blame It on Rio. It is a comedy, for Cristo's sake. To be more precise, Blame It on Rio is a farce. Blame It on Rio is not supposed to be about the Electra complex gone awry in Rio de Janeiro. This film has something more in common with Carmen Electra, if you know what I mean. The point is, there simply isn't any room here for overanalyzing in an academic way. Copacabana Beach and all of those thongs are simply too crowded for that caliber of intellectualism, folks.

Watching the Blame It on Rio DVD, I am instantly transported to the early 1980s, when having sex with strangers was still considered a thrilling dare and not necessarily a death sentence. (Before the film was released, the message of the AIDS pandemic had not yet shocked the world.) At the time, Demi Moore, who in Blame It on Rio was a better actress than Michelle Johnson -- hands and bras down -- was an unknown "entitty."

The following year, 1984, Moore and the charismatic Jon Cryer made No Small Affair and both of their careers exploded like Malcolm McLaren's "Eiffel Tower" song on the movie's übercool soundtrack. Hollywood may have only taken a budding interest in Moore when she modestly bared her bosom in Blame It on Rio, but it later gave her lots of support for films she made a decade afterward, such as Indecent Proposal and Striptease.

Reviewers here on Amazon.com who have blasted the music in Blame It on Rio, in the wrong way, will not be spared my wrath. When Blame It on Rio first came out, MTV was in its infancy and "lady" Madonna was offending the Vatican with her hit song and video, "Like A Virgin.
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