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Monday, November 5, 2007

The Associate (1996)


The Associate on DVD

Whoopi Goldberg (SISTER ACT I & II, EDDIE) handles business her own way in this outrageous comedy hit! Whoopi plays a fast-track executive who starts her own company after a back-stabbing co-worker (Tim Daly, TV's WINGS) nabs her promotion. But when she's locked out of the stuffy corporate world, she invents a dazzling male business partner to sell her ideas! Her wacky plan soon spins wildly out of control, however, when her bogus "associate" becomes Wall Street's hottest financial whiz -- and Whoopi herself must impersonate him! With Dianne Wiest (THE BIRDCAGE) in a hilarious supporting cast, THE ASSOCIATE is a comedy treat you're sure to love!




Review
Prosthetics in the movies are big business - witness Robin Williams as an oversized Scottish nanny or Eddie Murphy as the blubberweight professor. Now it's the turn of the prolific Whoopi Goldberg in what's essentially a Tootsie meets Trading Places for the politically sensitive 90s.





Financial analyst Laurel Ayres (Goldberg) sets out to prove that the business world will only take her new company seriously if it's linked with a hot-shot male associate. Dreaming up impossibly well-connected financial brain in absentia Robert S. Cutty, Laurel and hitherto downtrodden secretary Sally (Wiest), build up a powerful business based on Laurel's expertise and the elusive Cutty's legend. Pressurised demands from the old boy network who smell a rat lead to the inevitable Cutty appearance, and in a moment that they (and the cinema audience) are waiting for, Laurel pulls on a heavy-poundage body suit and struts on to the scene looking disturbingly like a latter-day Brando.





Although this scene is a long time coming, its appearance immediately overshadows the issues of corporate sexism raised throughout the film, instead turning to answer just one question: how good Goldberg's make-up job will be? With reliable performances, a few smart gags, and a liberal dose of big Hollywood comedy stereotypes, the picture proves at best an engaging diversion, not troubling its audience for belly laughs. And with Goldberg's appearance suggesting yet again a gifted comedienne wrestling with inadequate material, the search for projects worthy of her comic talents is proving as elusive as the fabled Mr. Cutty himself.



Torrent: here

2 comments:

  1. DoESnt McCaiN lOoK LiK3 Mr.CuDdy?? HaHaHa

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  2. hE lOoK So FaKe aNd PlAsTiC aNd aLsO StiFF!! HeHeHe.............ObaMa!!!!!!!!

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