Undercover Blues

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -1 1/2

Not exactly Nora and Nick of the THIN MAN series, Jane and Jeff Blue (Kathleen Turner and Dennis Quaid) nevertheless try hard "too hard" to take their place in this comic detective story. Jane, Jeff and their 11-month-old baby are vacationing in New Orleans after they have retired from serving as partners on an espionage team. Wisecracking Jeff never loses his cool, even when he and the baby are confronted by two inept robbers in a dark alley. Word gets around the underworld very quickly that this guy with a baby polished off two thugs, one of them called "Muerte" (Stanley Tucci). A humiliated Muerte is determined to get revenge, the U.S. government is just as determined to get the Blues back on the payroll, and the New Orleans Police Department is totally confused. Never mind if you are confused too. The plot doesn't really matter because Jane and Jeff are too busy showing off and making jokes to make sense. Their cuteness and the contrived predicaments grow tiresome after the first half hour. If you enjoyed Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd in the old TV series "Moonlighting," you'll probably enjoy UNDERCOVER BLUES.

Jane and Jeff are an extremely happily married couple, but certainly not in the traditional sense. She packs a gun in the baby's stroller, and thwarts attackers with karate kicks while holding a bag of groceries. He interrupts a relaxing lunch in a sidewalk cafe to stop a bank robbery while his wife and baby watch. Around every corner lurks trouble in the form of fights, some bloody noses and knocked out teeth. The slapstick violent confrontations fail to ruffle our heros' feathers. More disturbing are the profanities, obscenities and crudities that fail to give meaning or credibility to the dialogue. There is no sexual intercourse, although it is implied twice when an amorous Jane and Jeff are shown in bed together. UNDERCOVER BLUES would have us believe that bankers, police, and street-smart crooks are all fools. Only smug Jane and Jeff are capable of saving the world. The offensive language earns UNDERCOVER BLUES its negative rating.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
MGM, 10,000 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

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Crude Language: Many (8) times - Mild 6; Moderate 2

Obscene Language: Few (4) times (s-word 3; f-word 1)

Profanity: Many (10) times - Regular 3; Exclamatory 7

Violence: Many times - Moderate (karate kicks, fighting with guns and knives, mud fight; man falls in alligator pit; kicks in groin; explosions; no serious injuries)

Sex: None, but implied between married couple shown in bed twice

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (suggestive conversation)

Drugs: Drinking in bar scene once; drunk man mugged

Other: Authority figures ridiculed

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