MURDER IN THE WORST DEGREE LEGAL EAGLES Directed by Ivan Reitman Screenplay by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr.

The term romantic comedy-thriller stirs many affable memories and, when it is attached to a new film, a few fond hopes. Think of Robert Donat, suave fugitive of The 39 Steps, double-talking his way out of a political rally and into the clutches of the man with the missing fingertip. Or Cary Grant doing anything in almost any Hitchcock caper: wooing Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief, dodging a malefic crop duster in North by Northwest. Grant also adorned the genre's apogee, Stanley Donen's Charade, in which the star has five identities and a protective lust for Audrey Hepburn. Neat...

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