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Blame It On Nostalgia, But I Love It
on 29 April 2004
Many years ago illness prevented me from seeing this film at the cinema.Finally a few years later I obtained the video. 'Blame It On Rio' has beena guilty pleasure ever since.
The story concerns two friends, onerecently devorced from his wife, the other separated. They head to Rio onholiday taking their nubile and far from innocent daughters along withthem.
Michael Caine stars as the bewildered Matthew, apart from his wife,struggling with his emotions and trying to fight off the attentions of hisfriends teenage daughter.
Michelle Johnston who played this charactershould have gone on to be a big star. She's sexy and funny in her pursuitof Matthew, not only an older man but her best friends Father.
Instead it was Demi Moore, who played Michael Caine's daughter, who wentonto to be an international star.
The film develops into a farce as Joseph Bologna, who plays the jealousfather and Caine's friend, asks him to investigate who's seeing hisdaughter. He therefore has to investigate himself.
The film is no'Singin' In The Rain' (made by the same Director Stanley Donen) but it isan enjoyable comedy typical of its type in the eighties.
There's some nudity, some beautiful locations and some actors who probablydon't put this film on their CV anymore. All this aside its anentertaining romp in rio.
Its a shame there's no commentary from Caine (Has he ever done one?),Moore or Johnston. It would also have been nice to have seen whateverhappened to Johnston and whether or not she regrets making the filmconsidering the negative impact it had on her career at the time.
Afun, frisky film. No great extras but at a good price. Bring a little ofthat Rio sunshine into your life.