Screenplay: Buck Henry
Release: Warner Archive
My dad has an impressive collection of VHS tapes with movies recorded from television. Protocol, in his handwriting, in a white sticker, is one of the clearest memories of those tapes. This is an instance of a memory being more important than a movie.
Will the corridors of power in our nation’s capital ever be the same? Not after Sunny Davis (Goldie Hawn) arrives. The ditzy D.C. cocktail waitress goes from serving drinks to serving her country after saving an Arabian dignitary from an assassination attempt. What Sunny thinks, she says. And what she says and does is hugely funny, thanks to work by writer Buck Henry (The Graduate), director Herbert Ross (The Goodbye Girl) and Academy Award® winner* Hawn, charmingly back in her country’s service after cheery stints in Private Benjamin and Swing Shift and putting her politics where her heart is – as well as her Protocol.
At no point in time as I was watching this movie was I engaged with it. It is a cute movie and I guess that is a something, but I cannot in good faith recommend the film. The Warner Archive made a good decision re-releasing the DVD rather than investing in a Blu-ray upgrade. I am grateful to have the personal memory.
Director: 5 – Cinematography: 3 – Edit: 3 – Parity: 3 – Main performance: 5 – Else performance: 4 – Score: 5 – Sound: 4 – Story: 4 – Script: 5 – Effects: NA – Design: 4 – Costumes: 5 – Keeps interest: 2 – Lasting: 0