L. Shirley | fountain valley, ca United States | 01/10/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This review refers to "Nadine"....
Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger will take you on a ride that's a whole lotta fun. The film runs about and hour and a half...and that's about right. Any longer may have been a bit tedious. It may not be the type of film that you will watch over and over, and may be a bit on the predictable side, but with all the fun and the great cast, including Gwen Verdon, Rip Torn, Jerry Stiller, Mickey Jones and Glenne Headly, it's absolutely worth the view.
Austin, Texas mid 1950's. Nadine Hightower(Basinger), beautician, has posed for some pictures, ehem, make that "art studies". The photographer assured her, that he knew Hugh Hefner, and she would certainly, make it to the top. But Nadine has second thoughts, she wants her photos, er, art studies back, and when she goes back to the studio to retrieve them, gets caught up in the middle of a murder scene. She grabs the envelope with her name on it, and high tails it out of there.
Well naturally, she gets the wrong pictures. She has stolen city plans for a new highway development. All she wants is her pictures back. She turns to her almost ex-husband(Bridges), a down on his luck nightclub owner for help. He sees a way to make a bundle in all this..and so the chase is on..although these two may not be the brightest of the bunch, the manage to elude the cops, the bad guys, bullets, and a few rattlers along the way.
Basinger is adorable in her role as the almost ex-wife who can still wrap her hubby around her finger. Bridges is charming and funny. The film has a little something for everbody. Comedy, action, and romance. If your looking for something with a few laughs, not too deep, or just Kim Basinger, you may want to check this one out. Rent it, or check out the low prices on the VHS from the outside sellers here, even with the shipping costs, it'll be worth the view.
A lot of fun
Larry VanDeSande | Mason, Michigan United States | 10/08/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Here's a flick about two idiots that get mixed up in a plot to defraud the state of Texas and, instead of winding up in jail, end up better off than when they started.
Set in Texas in the mid-1950s, Kim Basinger is a pregnant hairdresser who happens onto plans to expand a superhighway through certain parts of town. She inadvertantly shares these certain moneymaking secrets with separated but not yet divorced husband Jeff Bridges, in one of his better roles, and ends up in a pickle with humorous bad guy Rip Torn and his idiotic assistants.
Basically, the pair escape the police, bad guys, death, dishonor and everything else in a screwball comedy that will keep you glued to the screen with its action, plot and humor. This is Basinger's best early comedy besides "Blind Date".
Bridges, who excelled in a similar nincompoop role as "The Great Lebowski", is here an idiot of the first order who nonetheless ends up being the hero and outduels the even more idiotic bad guys in something akin to the Keystone Cops vs. Laurel and Hardy.
I really enjoyed the great old cars on display in this film, especially that 1949 or 1950 Ford the pair had at one time. That was the first "fenderless" car in history. Another scene shows a great old 1955 Oldsmobile. There are great 1950s automobiles in almost every scene.
Meanwhile, there a funny screwball comedy going on all the time that you'll enjoy. Look for Bridges great scenes where he is intractably caught by either people or a situation with his exclamation, "I've got the situation under control." It's a great line! So's the movie."
"You Work Your Whole Life to Get Ahead, and it Takes 2 Nitwi
Lovely to See You | Out There Somewhere | 03/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I guess I'm having a Kim Basinger day today, but in addition to Elvis Has Left the Building, I would like to recommend this 1987 comedy which also showcases Basinger's Georgian accent.
It's 1954 in Austin, Texas, and Nadine Hightower is in a lot of trouble. She's gone to sleazy photographer Raymond Escobar's studio to reclaim some photos from him because they were "lots more artistic than I bargained for." Unfortunately, when she's in the back room retrieving the folder, Escobar is stabbed, and she runs like hell from the scene with an envelope that has her name on it, but inside are the illegally obtained blueprints for a super highway development that ends up in the hands of her estranged husband, Vernon (Jeff Bridges), a handsome, wise-mouthed bum who owns a virtually patron free bar called the Blue Bonnet and that's not the worst of it. He's fooling around with a former baton queen who works for the Lone Star Brewing company (a ditzy blond played humorously well by Glenn Headley), and Nadine, a local beautician, is expecting his baby! All this, and snake handling outlaw Buford Pope (Rip Torn) wants those blueprints back while at the same time, Nadine and Vernon want a divorce. Ain't love grand?
This movie has a great, authentic 50s setup, topnotch acting, and there's undeniable chemistry between Bridges and Basinger. You must be warned that there is a lot of foul language, but if you can overlook it, this movie is fun, full of suspense, and has a sweet romantic thread that weaves it all together. This is a flick both men and women will enjoy because it has something for everyone, and the soundtrack, mostly supplied by sister country duo Sweethearts of the Rodeo, all work to make this movie charming and fun."
Bridges Ain't No Cary Grant, But He'll Sure Do
Douglas Doepke | Claremont, CA United States | 03/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's Austin, Texas, 1954, and Jeff Bridges's biggest ambition is a gaudy neon to top-off his tacky, no-business, beer bar, while estranged wife and apprentice hairdresser Kim Basinger sends her "art photos" to Playboy magazine. Obviously they're made for each other. Meanwhile, her sleazo photographer turns up dead and they're on the run. It's delightful madcap as they bumble their way through a series of misadventures. Their subtly affectionate sniping reminds me of a bad grammar version of Nick and Nora Charles in the uptown Thin Man series. Surprisingly, the California born Bridges has the "good ol' boy" drawl down pat, while even the usually snooty Basinger manages a convincing honky-tonk queen. Good period detail without the distractive sounds of Golden Oldies. -- With a delightfully arch Rip Torn as the slyly superior villian. It's amazing how these little gems keep getting produced with little or no recognition. All in all, great escapist fare for a slow evening at home."
David Baldwin | Philadelphia,PA USA | 07/22/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
""Nadine" is an example of the quirky choices that distinguishes Jeff Bridges from his peers. It's also an example as to why Bridges is not as big a star as he should be. "Nadine" is not a bad film, far from it. It's just so...slight. It goes down easy like a bottle of Lone Star beer but you've forgotten it an hour after you've digested it. This is really surprising considering not only the talent in front of the camera but also the presence of Academy award winning director Robert Benton behind it. That said, Bridges and Kim Basinger have good screen chemistry that make the film eminently watchable. Good art direction depicting Austin, Texas circa 1954 and cinematography from master lensman Nestor Alemendros. The bottom line is that this is a good film to pass the time as the summer wanes."