Okay! Gun to the head/desert island decision time! This...THIS movie right here is my pick as all time favorite Bill Murray flick ever! Its premise is so simple yet magnificently executed. Murray plays American tourist Wallace Ritchie. He's big brother to London living banker James Ritchie (Peter Gallagher) who drops in unexpectedly from the States to celebrate his birthday.
Gallagher's busy wooing German bankers at his home so he puts Wallace into a live theatrical role-playing experience as a birthday present/diversion. Here, Wallace's super spy character unwittingly crosses paths with a real life crime caper and hilarity ensues.
Murray turns in a breezy, multi-layered comic performance as only he can. The rest of the cast is in top form and do their absolute best to shine as well. This is particularly the case with Joanne Whalley's desperate call girl Lori and Alfred Molina's hitman/butcher Boris. One comic set piece after another scores hit after hit.
Lockstep along side is composer Christopher Young's hysterical jazz tinged score very much in The Pink Panther vein. It never goes over the top which can be said of the entire project. 20 years on, this sleeper knockout of a comedy always keeps me laughing.
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