The Pick-Up Artist
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The Pick-Up Artist
With this rote but well-cast romantic comedy, writer-director James Toback began his long association with actor Robert Downey, Jr. The latter stars as Jack Jericho, a grade school teacher and smooth operator who zealously polishes his cliched pick-up lines in front of a mirror. Jack's come-ons even work on Randy Jensen (Molly Ringwald), a redheaded museum tour guide who dishes up a stream of retorts, matching Jack's verbal banter. After quickly trysting in the back of Jack's car, Randy flatly thanks him and walks off. Realizing that Randy is his soul mate, Jack gets his pal Phil… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"James Toback's long-gestating portrait of a one-track mind becomes bogged down in unconvincing plot mechanics."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A light and fairly innocuous youth picture."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Toback has devised an interesting premise that draws parallels between risking one's heart and one's wallet, but the picture itself risks little."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film roams from the Upper West Side to Coney Island to Atlantic City, maintaining a lighthearted style that doesn't quite match the hints of obsessiveness in Mr. Toback's screenplay."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Pickup's 'little more' is in its quirky characters and its intentionally goofy melodrama."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Features Robert Downey Jr. as a smooth-talking womanizer who meets his match."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"This is an appallingly silly movie, from its juvenile comic overture to its dreadfully sincere conclusion."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Downey, who worked for one season on Saturday Night Live, has just the right emotional weight for the role of Jack, and the right touch of goofy boyishness to soften his aggressiveness."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"A very challenging movie. Downey Jr and Ringwald sizzle."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
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