Another review by guest Babbler Whitney Sanderlin:
Oldie But Goody
OK, show of hands, anyone ever see “Undercover Blues” way back in 1993? I see that hand way in the back! For the rest of you … “Undercover Blues” stars Dennis Quaid and Kathleen Turner (in probably the last movie that she starred in that she could pass for under 50) and is just (dare I say?) delightful. It’s fun and cheesy and well-acted throughout. And for a bonus, you get to watch Stanley Tucci (perhaps one of the great character actors out there right now) as “My Name is Muerte” or “Morty.” Dennis and Kathleen play Jeff and Jane Blue (get it? “Undercover Blues?”) who are a super-spy couple who have semi-retired due to the birth of their baby girl. Well, it wouldn’t be a movie if someone or something hadn’t talked them into getting back into the game, kicking butts and taking names. If you can get over the Bourne-esque manner in which both of the Blues are prepared for everything and win at everything, all the while shooting glib lines and dropping one-liners like it was going out of style, you will like this movie too.
The plot is simple and the setting is New Orleans, obviously pre-Katrina. The Blues are promptly sucked back into the spy life and quickly get involved in capturing the bad dudette. All the while, Jeff and Jane must avoid the local police and Muerte, who is out for blood but generally he seems to only be good at losing teeth. I’m not saying all the butt-kicking moves are believable nor that the Blues’ perfection doesn’t make my eyes roll involuntarily at times. But the chemistry is good between Dennis Quaid and Kathleen Turner and the side characters are played well, albeit with tongue-in-cheek seriousness.
I found the film thoroughly entertaining. Don’t expect “007” but do expect laughs.