Too Hot To Handle Review

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Bugsy Siegel is a happening dead hood, with two films about him coming and Armand Assante impersonating the famously vicious psychotic in this disastrous "romantic comedy" - originally entitled The Marrying Man - set from 1948 to 1956. Bugsy here amuses himself by making a society playboy (Baldwin) marry Siegal's girl, a trampy chanteuse (Basinger), when he catches them practicing the Latin vocabulary. In real life he would have air-conditioned their brains.

Subsequently, Bostonian Charley and Vegas Vicki separate and re-marry many times, ill-suited to live with each other but - gee, you guessed - unwilling to keep their hands, mouths and sundry bits off each other. As it has turned out, the much publicised off-screen doings of B and B were considerably more entertaining and, one must assume, more exciting than in this vulgar exercise, surely Neil Simon's lamest ever work. What few chuckles there are come courtesy of Robert Loggia as the Hollywood studio chief father of Charley's twice-jilted fiancee, while Baldwin and Basinger's debatable comedic talents founder in the protracted, witless proceedings.

Basinger performs her many musical numbers on key, but her male admirers will be more impressed by her accompanying fondling of her own breasts and pelvis in a display of self-adoration that might make Madonna blush, most embarassingly during Cole Porter's Let's Do It. Let's not.