Cinema: Femmeraderie Outrageous Fortune

Directed by Arthur Hiller Screenplay by Leslie Dixon

Don't-invite-'ems. That was Walter Winchell's term for two people so combustible in their antagonisms that any hostess would think twice before inviting them to her cocktail party. It is also Hollywood's oldest, surest recipe for comic rapport. Hate ya, learn to love ya. Opposites attract. The lady and the tramp.

In this witty, rambunctious caper movie, the lady is Lauren (Shelley Long), a New York City actress who has all the tools -- craft, frosty fastidiousness, a way with an epee and a jete -- but cannot get a break. Her parents won't let her in their house, perhaps because they...

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