FRANKIE & JOHNNY
When I first saw this movie, I shared the thoughts of critics who felt Michelle Pfeiffer was too young and too pretty to be the lonely waitress Frankie who faces a last chance at love with Al Pacino's Johnny. But I also thought people would go see it. Heck, it had Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino, enough on-screen magnetism to extract dental fillings from the audience. What's more, it was directed by Garry Marshall, the television-sitcom veteran who proved with "Pretty Woman" that he knew how to make a hit romantic comedy.
We -- Michelle, Al, Garry, Terrence McNally, the writer who adapted his successful stage play "Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune" to the screen, and I -- were wrong. It's not that it's a bad film, but seeing it a second time, I realized it's a slow, talky film that tries to make up in cinematic interludes what it sometimes lacks in writing and direction.