'Excess Baggage' [Retro VHS '90s Style BR]
(Alicia Silverstone, Benicio Del Toro, Christopher Walken, et al / Blu-ray / PG-13 / (1997) 2019 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: Desperate for attention, Emily Hope (Silverstone) stages her own kidnapping. But before Emily can enjoy a happy reunion with her father, her car gets stolen-with Emily still inside. Quirky, cool and hilariously romantic!
Blu-ray Verdict: Released in 1997 and directed by Marco Brambilla, 'Excess Baggage' stars Alicia Silverstone as an eccentric 18 year-old in the Seattle area who fakes her own kidnapping to get her unloving father's attention.
She develops a relationship with an odd car thief (Benicio Del Toro) while her father enlists the even stranger "Uncle Ray" (Christopher Walken) to find her.
Alicia was 19 during shooting and a rising young superstar after a string of popular roles: A pubescent tease in 'The Crush' (1993), a popular Beverly Hills adolescent in 'Clueless' (1995), a wannabe Nancy Drew in 'True Crime' (1995) and a hot superheroine in 'Batman & Robin' (1997).
In fact, 'Excess Baggage' was Silverstone's first movie after a pricey production deal with Columbia and it was strongly rumored that she clashed with director Brambilla. Originally slated for release in the Fall of 1996, it was pushed back to late the next Summer.
The movie starts confident and strong and could be likened to contemporaneous quirky flicks like 'Buffalo '66' (1998). It regrettably fizzles out in the second half but, nevertheless, Alicia was in her physical prime with alluring curves.
Unfortunately, she's stuck with one basic outfit the entire film (form-fitting black pants). Much more could've and should've been done with her.
On the other side of the gender spectrum, Del Toro is notable as the mumbling eccentric while Walken is intriguing and entertaining as a former CIA assassin who basically raised Emily (Silverstone) and is concerned about his employer's aloofness.
Overall, the movie is fun and sure it's not the greatest comedy (romantic or otherwise) on the face of the planet, but it's decent fare. If you're a Sliverstone fan, you'll probably like this one and if you're a Del Toro fan, well, he's just himself - with a bad speech pattern! Oh, and Walken is his typical bad guy self too and shines throughout. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
'Excess Baggage' [Retro VHS '90s Style Blu-Ray] is out June 4th, 2019 via Mill Creek Entertainment.