Undercover Blues

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.  

I give it 3.5 Babbles



Filed under DVD Faves, Reviews

4 responses to “Undercover Blues

  1. Jeffra

    I’ve seen it and enjoyed it. If you haven’t seen it, you might enjoy Knight and Day. While I am neither a Tom Cruise or Cameron Diaz fan, it was quite a hoot!

    • Tony

      I thought Knight and Day was ok. Some fun moments, especially near the beginning on the plane. Thought they were both too old to play those roles. Thanks for commenting!

  2. I don’t really hold such high hopes for this season. I mean, we’re used to watching Dexter all over the place by now but without Rita and three kids… I never really liked Rita, but she would take care of the kids while he was “hunting”, and the Irish guy… ohh I hate that guy he is so irritating. Hope he gets killed.. lol

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