Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah
In this sluggish, silly romantic comedy, Banderas plays a Miami con man-art dealer improbably named Art Dodge (which in Banderas’s thick, Ricky Ricardoesque accent sounds more like Arhh Dotch). He becomes so smitten with sisters Griffith and Hannah that he tries to pass himself off as twins so he can court them both.
Offscreen rapport notwithstanding, Banderas and Griffith display little chemistry. He has a comic touch so heavy it suggests a cow trying to tap-dance. Her Betty Boop act has long since worn thin. And Hannah is characteristically lifeless. So what brief appeal this movie has comes from its corps of versatile character actors. Danny Aiello is amusing as Griffith’s pathetically devoted ex-husband. The charmingly ditsy Joan Cusack plays Banderas’s loyal assistant. And the venerable Eli Wallach is Banderas’s chronically randy father. (The scenes in which Wallach hits on Cusack and Hannah are the funniest parts of the whole film.)
The impulse to reinvent the screwball romantic comedies of the ’30s and ’40s is an admirable one, but you have to have the talent to do it. Two Much is not enough. (PG-13)