Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 1.0 stars

Steve Martin and Michael Caine take over the respective roles of Marlon Brando and David Niven in the 1964 flop, Bedtime Story: two con men preying on wealthy women on the Riviera. And they play them extremely broadly, to reassure the audience it's all in fun -- lethal in a comedy with any tinge of blackness. (Caine mightn't be too broad by himself, but Martin is broad enough for the Los Angeles Rams' entire offensive line.) The table-turning storyline, becoming a virtual turntable storyline (at 45 rpm), is entertaining for a while, then annoying, then nauseating. With Glenne Headly and Barbara Harris; directed by Frank Oz. 1988.

Duncan Shepherd

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