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Outrageous Fortune

Year: 1987
Production Co: Interscope Communications
Studio: Disney
Director: Arthur Hiller
Cast: Shelley Long, Bette Midler, Peter Coyote, George Carlin
I don't know what it is about 'these' 80s comedies - it's not like they share the same stories, casts or premise, but there's some very time-specific x factor that lumps movies like this, Ruthless People and several others together in my mind.

It's a star vehicle for Midler and Long's respective shticks as they play the classic fish out of water and buddy movie conventions, Long an aspiring serious actress and Midler the brassy blow in.

They both fall in with the same suave guy (Coyote), and when he apparently des in a store bombing, they have to join forces and dig deeper to find out what happened to him, revealing a multi-layered spy agency conspiracy that of course two ditsy actresses who can't stop bickering can sort out single handedly.

Nowadays the laughs would be more at it than with it, but if you grew up in the 1970s or 1980s you've probably slid the VHS into your video recorder more than once.

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