Cinema: In the Kingdom of Chic and Sleaze into the Night

Directed by John Landis; Screenplay by Ron Koslow

Bor-ing. That's life for Ed Okin (Jeff Goldblum), a Los Angeles aerospace engineer who is so tired of his lot that he can't go to sleep. Something keeps him from closing his eyes. Is he hooked on banality? For its first 15 minutes, this movie certainly is. It falls in with Ed's somnolent gait, trudging through tapioca as Ed aimlessly drives to the airport after spying his wife making sex with her boss. By the time Ed nods over his steering wheel, you are getting very . . . sleepy . . .

And then: BANG! Dazzling Diana (Michelle Pfeiffer) splays...

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