Last night, I watched Dangerous Curves.
This was a dumb, dumb film from the late 80s. Tate Donovan and Grant Heslov star as two college students who lose a Porsche in San Diego and then have to get it back. Fortunately, the Porsche is the grand prize in a beauty contest so Donovan and Heslov just have to hope that their friend Michelle (Danielle van Zernick) wins. This should have been fun because it featured a hot car and several hot girls in bikinis but it also featured Tate Donovan and Grant Heslov as our “heroes.” Donovan plays the uptight college student and comes across like one of the flunkies who helped Ted Kennedy cover-up Chappaquiddick. Grant Heslov plays the carefree college student who constantly ruins everyone else’s life. Neither one has the screen presence necessary to make us overlook how stupid their characters are. On the basis of Dangerous Curves, it’s easy to see why Heslov went into producing and Tate Donovan went into doing character roles in films produced by Grant Heslov.
On the plus side, Robert Stack and Leslie Nielsen are funny in small roles. And the car is hot and the film features as many bikinis as a typical episode of Miami Vice. Watching the movie might remind you of the fun you had playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City back in the day.
There’s nothing wrong with that.