"Alicia's slightly more cringe-worthy here than in Batman & Robin."
This movie sucked.Oh, if only I could give this movie no stars.
I'm not really a fan of Alicia Silverstone, but I rather enjoyed her performance in Clueless. Granted, I attribute that more to writer-director Amy Heckerling. Nonetheless, I went to see Excess Baggage based on Alicia's Clueless turn.
Baggage is a mess. The story's jumbled, the characters are merely fingernail sketches, and the actors (most of whom aren't very good) are in turn hampered by that. Silverstone is content to slide by on her ability to blow smoke out her mouth and nose at the same time. It's her movie, literally (she had a role in producing it), and she just doesn't take control. Christopher Walken is again eerie and somewhat menacing (shocking, I know), although his relationship with Alicia's character is never really explained. NYPD Blue's Nick Turturro is stuck in the thankless role of a thug, and Harry Connick, Jr. adds considerable proof to my belief that he should stick to crooning and leave the acting to others. Only Benecio Del Toro stands out in this film. His performance is filled with weird James Dean-type movements and Brando-style mumbles, but that's ultimately what makes it funny.
Despite that, avoid this movie. If you want Del Toro, see him in The Usual Suspects.Skip it.