Hawn plays a San Francisco librarian who unwittingly gets wrapped up in a massive conspiracy revolving around the Catholic church and a host of bad guys, including an albino and a dwarf (possibly teaming up these two iconic movie evildoers for the first time in cinema). Chase, after appearing in one early scene, vanishes for the first 45 minutes, returning to reveal himself as a bumbling cop who protects her for the remainder of the film. Together they crack the case, one of the most absurd stories ever put on film.
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That is why successfully adapting a Vonnegut is one of the Holy Grails of film adaptation.
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Film noir is a genre filmmakers delight to dabble in, and dabbling is what writer-director Robinson Devor does in "The Woman Chaser," a clever on the outside, empty on the inside noir spoof/homage.
Set in the early 1960s, it's a sarcastic movie industry farce about a used car salesman with an uncaged Id who becomes convinced -- based on nothing but his own hubris -- that he can write and direct a momentous, innovative feature film.
Perfectly cast as this cavalier, barrel-chested wannabe artiste is Patrick Warburton (Puddy on "Seinfeld," Johnny Johnson on "NewsRadio"), whose trademark squint and deadpan line delivery brings this mock visionary to ironic life. At his car dealership in the shadow of the Capitol Records building he sells tail-finned jalopies to unsuspecting schmucks with the smoothest of smooth talk.
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