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Overall Rating
1.61

Awesome: 11.11%
Worth A Look: 0%
Average: 5.56%
Pretty Bad: 5.56%
Total Crap77.78%

1 review, 12 user ratings


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Curly Sue
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Hughes at rock bottom."
1 stars

John Hughes should be crucified for 'Curly Sue,' and I'll hammer in the nails.

In this retro piece of shit, a feisty little girl (Alisan Porter) and her father figure (James Belushi), a happy homeless couple, run scams on suckers for food money. This heroic little tyke, whom Hughes was obviously grooming as the new Shirley Temple (or at least Macauley Culkin in drag), bashes people in the face and kicks them in the shins, and she takes pride in being a completely shameless con artist. Of course, the social workers who want to take her away from Belushi are painted as callous monsters these two really, really love each other. This is a revolting new twist: We're asked to look at this shiftless bum who uses a little girl for scams and consider him a hero among men, who does what he has to do.

Hughes demonstrates just how fatuous and vile he's become when he introduces a chilly lady lawyer (Kelly Lynch, disastrously misdirected) who falls for one of the pair's scams and takes them into her posh Chicago apartment. What she needs to become less of a bitch is to marry Belushi, adopt Porter, and reawaken her maternal and wifely instincts; what the father and daughter need to become fulfilled citizens are new clothes and some moola.

Reprehensible from start to finish, and utterly manipulative and mindless to boot; Alisan Porter may have been the most unappealing child performer to dimple down the pike in many years. This champion from 'Star Search' knows how to work the room, and Hughes knows how to market her the movie stops dead so that the little shit can belt out 'The Star-Spangled Banner.'

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User Comments

10/23/10 Jeff Wilder A sad note for John Hughes to end his directorial career on. 1 stars
2/23/10 PAUL SHORTT MANIPULATIVE COMEDY 1 stars
9/08/09 art THIS FILM SUCK"S! 1 stars
4/12/07 April The little girl was too cute for such a stupid movie. 1 stars
5/27/05 Brendan Sappy & Stupid.. but I love it! 5 stars
1/02/02 Andrew Carden It Was Kinda Cute, but It Wasn't Very Funny. 3 stars
8/07/01 E-Funk What the fuck happened, John Hughes? Never cast Jim Belushi as your lead...stupid. 1 stars
7/11/01 lisa too cutesy poo 2 stars
12/11/98 Scion of Graveheart My girlfriend will freak when she sees this sappy turd. Blech. 1 stars
10/27/98 Hunk@prodigy.net If this got any fucking cutesey ass sweeter my teeth would drop out. 1 stars
10/14/98 meg cute as can be 5 stars
10/06/98 Tommy Maguire Schmalz and sickly sweet kid, what else can I say, bleagh !!!!! 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  02-Feb-1991 (PG)

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Directed by
  John Hughes

Written by
  John Hughes

Cast
  James Belushi
  Kelly Lynch
  Alisan Porter
  John Getz
  Fred Dalton Thompson
  Edie McClurg



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