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Emily (Alicia Silverstone) is the rich, but emotionally neglected daughter of Alexander Hope (Jack Thompson), a wealthy businessman who puts more stock in his business than in her. A perennial troublemaker, Emily believes she’s come up with the perfect plan to make her father notice her. She plots her own kidnapping by locking herself in a car trunk, and then awaits her paternal rescue. But Vincent (Benicio Del Toro), a professional car thief, steals her car and ruins her plan. Vincent and his partner, Greg (Harry Connick Jr.),
are surprised to find their new booty, and even more surprised when Ray (Christopher Walken), Emily’s hitman-like uncle, decides to get his niece back. Soon the two car thieves are implicated in the fake kidnapping, and then have two of their thug associates, Stick (Nicholas Turturro) and Gus (Michael Bowen), come after them. In the meantime, Emily and Vincent fall for each other which only adds more complications to her original plan and from that point on they must try to get everything back to normal.

"This is a curious film if ever there was one. It’s a tough film to categorise. Comedy with a kind of grunge feel to it. It’s also Alicia Silverstone’s first turn as a producer, though why she chose this oddball film that is too smart for its own good, and that’s not sure of its intentions remains a mystery. Silverstone certainly looks great, but she plays such an undefined character, than one never really gets into her skin. The film’s biggest weakness should have been its major strength: the relationship between Silverstone and her sexy co-star Benicio Del Toro. She wanted him in the film because he’s a hunk, but hey, Alicia, a bit of genuine spark wouldn’t go astray either. He’s terrible, delivering one of the most uninspiring performances of the year, and for that reason, Excess Baggage is all fizzle and no fire. Aussie Jack Thompson has little to do but growl with a pompous British accent (inexplicable at best), while it’s Christopher Walken who seems to have the only real fun in this movie, as Emily’s shady uncle. There’s no clear direction, the film pointlessly drifts along in an aimless, puerile fashion, yet trying to be oh, so darn sophisticated. There was so much that could have made Excess Baggage an above-average comedy, instead of the ineffectual mess it has become."
Paul Fischer

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CAST: Alicia Silverstone, Benicio Del Toro, Christopher Walken, Jack Thompson, Harry Connick Jr, Nicholas Turturro, Michael Bowen, Robert Wisden, Leland Orser, Sally Kirkland

PRODUCER: Bill Borden, Carolyn Kessler

DIRECTOR: Marco Brambilla

SCRIPT: Max D. Adams, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais (Story Adams)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jean Yves Escoffier

EDITOR: Stephen Rivkin

MUSIC: John Lurie


RUNNING TIME: 98 minutes


AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: December 11, 1997


VIDEO RELEASE: October 11, 1999

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