Well I guess it’s time to wrap up Clint Eastwood week. Pink Cadillac is currently available on instant Netflix.
AVOID: Pink Cadillac (1989) – Rated PG-13
“Clint Eastwood and Bernadette Peters star in this charming film about a guy who makes a living hunting down people who’ve skipped bail. All is smooth sailing until he meets a woman who’s just left her husband — and has her baby and her husband’s pink Cadillac in tow. Unbeknownst to both of them, there’s a stash of cash in the vehicle, and soon, everyone is after them.”
“Your skin is so soft – like Velveeta.”
Stuntman Buddy Van Horn directed three movies. All of them starred Clint Eastwood. Unfortunately they are pretty much Clint’s worst three films (Any Which Way You Can, The Dead Pool, and this one).
Have I described Clint as likable enough this week? Well darn it he is. Unfortunately that doesn’t save this movie.
This is from his 80s period where Clint was apparently trying to get away from his gruff no-nonsense persona. None of these movies were particularly well-done (Every Which Way But Loose, Bronco Billy, Any Which Way You Can). City Heat even spoofs his image a bit.
I think the real problem is that Clint appears to be having fun in these movies. Just because Clint is having fun does not make it a good movie. That appears to be all there is to the movie so the conclusion has to be that someone thought that’s all it took to make a movie.
Actions have no grounding. Clint’s character leaves the keys in the car so that Bernadette Peters can drive off with it. Never mind the part where that doesn’t make any sense.
This film has it all. Racism, domestic violence, child endangerment, drug abuse and kidnapping all play a part in this feel good comedy.
In addition to the other faults this movie has, Netflix has broadcast it in fullscreen. Really just watch ANY other Clint Eastwood film.
People Watch: Look for James Cromwell as a motel desk clerk and Jim Carrey as a lounge entertainer.