Foul Play
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As he did in his screenplay for Silver Streak (1974), writer/director Colin Higgins mixes life-and-death melodrama with broad slapstick in Foul Play. Goldie Hawn stars as Gloria Mundy, a recent divorcée whose attempts to start life anew in San Francisco are bollixed up when she is inadvertently swept up in an assassination plot against the Pope. Offering sometimes dubious aid and comfort to Gloria is bumbling federal agent Tony Carlson (Chevy Chase). The film's comedy ranges from the farcical seduction efforts by musician Stanley Tibbets (Dudley Moore) to the zany, gag-filled car-chase… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Writer Colin Higgins makes a good directorial bow."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Director Colin Higgins plays foul with the audience, constructing some of the most dishonest suspense sequences ever filmed."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The film clumsily and sluggishly mixes humor and suspense and fails at both."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Charming and goofy Hitchcock homage with great performances by Hawn and Chase."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Truly enjoyable thrill comedy in the Hitchcock mode."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Unsatisfactory as a whole, the film is hilarious and tense in bits."
‑ , Time Out
"The comedy/thriller plods on for too long with tasteless and witless physical comedy, though it has a few funny moments."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Ocasionalmente divertido, traz Chase tentando se afirmar como galã de ação e Hawn encantadora como em quase todos os seus filmes da época. Porém, é um filme descartável."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Look out for the elf!"
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"This is a finely tuned and fast-paced offering which is chock-full of black comic twists and perfect casting."
‑ , Film4
"Mr. Higgins's penchant for mixing visual elegance with coarse gags is equally ill-advised, especially because it makes him work the gags so hard."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A funny, successful, and very derivative crime-comedy."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Chevy when he was funny, Goldie when she was starting her heyday, and Dudley too. What a deal."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"brainless and silly... not that that's a bad thing"
‑ Christopher Null,
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