Cocktail Wieners

Tom Cruise stars in this mild sinker as a showy, ex-business school bartender who gets involved in a little romance with Elisabeth Shue. The jokes are almost entirely unfunny and the romance is uninteresting. The fancy bartender tricks (i.e. flipping bottles around and making drinks like nobody's business) employed by Cruise and his other co-star, Bryan Brown, I'm sure would be a blast to see live, but on the screen, they're entirely unremarkable. (Which is sad because they, I assume, were to provide you with some excitement.) Also, if I wanted to hear bad poetry, I would have written it myself. In the film's defense, it's not painful to watch at all . . . I would just hope that you could find something better.

Movie reviewed by Michael Lawrence



Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, Elisabeth Shue, Lisa Banes, Laurence Luckinbill, Kelly Lynch, Gina Gershon, Ron Dean, Robert Donley, Ellen Foley, Andrea Morse, Chris Owens, Justin Louis

Directed by:

Roger Donaldson


1988 romance/comedy

Rated R


Don Ignacio's score: C-

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