Martin Short's expertise comes through

On movies

August 13, 1991|By Lou Cedrone

''Pure Luck'' is a remake of the 1985 French film, ''La Chevre'' in which Gerard Depardieu and Pierre Richard were the leads.

Sometimes these French-to-American transformations work. Sometimes, they do not. This one, happily, does. It isn't the smartest, subtlest comedy we have seen, but if it is visual humor you cherish, there is plenty of that here.

Martin Short is responsible for most of it. He plays a klutzy accountant, a man who pursues disaster. Danny Glover co-stars. He plays a detective. Both men journey to Mexico where they look for a missing heiress.

She's another klutz. That's the reason the accountant has been asked to look for her. His employer, the missing girl's father, assumes that one klutz should be able to find another by following the same path and by doing the same klutzy things.

Along the way, the two men visit a gambler's den where they recognize the man who is thought to have taken the girl to his home.

All this was in the French version, which ''Pure Luck'' follows rather closely. It even repeats a sequence in which the two men find themselves stranded in a jungle with a disabled jeep. This particular sequence is overdone, but the rest is on key.

Short is an expert clown. He's had bad luck, so far, as a movie comic, but ''Pure Luck'' should give his career a boost. Glover is strong and sometimes too silent. He has a tendency to whisper when he should speak out. When he does speak out, he is as funny as Short.

''Pure Luck'' is showing at local theaters. It's nothing special, but for what it is, it is enjoyable.

''Pure Luck'' ** An accountant and a detective look for a missing heiress.

CAST: Martin Short, Danny Glover, Sheila Kelley, Sam Wanamaker

DIRECTOR: Nadia Tass

RATING: PG (language)

RUNNING TIME: 98 minutes

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