Downtown (1990)

“What, are you gonna have a stroke if you’re nice to somebody?” – Alex

Number of Times Seen – Twice (Theater in 1990 and 19 Jan 2022)

Brief Synopsis – A novice police officer is transferred to a derelict precinct after he steps on too many toes, but still wants to find a way to do good police work.

My Take on it – Terrible movie that doesn’t work at all despite the great cast.

Anthony Edwards and Forrest Whitaker are both very talented actors, but these roles don’t give them enough reason to shine.

The story and plot is far too generic and doesn’t add anything new to this kind of scenario and it feels as if they are just rehashing ideas that have already been done.

This might have worked much better as a pure drama instead of trying to keep it as a comedy which just doesn’t work at all.

Loved seeing David Clennon as the villain and it’s a shame that his character isn’t developed on more than a superficial level because there is so much more potential for him to be a devious and cunning villain instead of just a caricature like they create for him here.

The way that the film tries to blend together numerous cases just doesn’t work well enough and actually takes away from any kind of impact that this story could potentially have.

This film came out just a few years before Edwards became more well known on TV and this kind of role is clearly not the best kind for him.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Forest Whitaker and Anthony Edwards had minor roles in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)


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