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Second Time Lucky
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by Scott Weinberg

"French gal from Better Off Dead gets naked! You know you're interested."
2 stars

The future of humanity depends on whether or not a guy has sex with Diane Franklin? I like our odds.

Are my eyes playing tricks on me, or did I just watch a virtual remake of the wholly awful Two of a Kind (yes, that monumental 1983 failure with Travolta and Newton-John)? Plotwise, this one gives us an unhappy God who decides to judge humanity by the actions of two young lovers. Taking a page from Lloyd Kaufman's Stuck On You (another classic of sheer awfulness), the flick drops the pair in various moments from history - none of which (other than the first) offer anything funny, romantic, or remotely entertaining.

The eternally adorable Diane Franklin (the French girl from Better Off Dead) plays Evelyn to Roger Wilson's Adam. The lovers start out in the Garden of Eden, which is absolutely GREAT because we get to see Franklin bare-ass naked for a good fifteen minutes straight. Enjoy the eye candy while you can, because the rest of this movie is mind-numbingly banal - Ms. Franklin notwithstanding of course. Robert Morley as God looks on as the pair travels from Eden to Egypt to 1920's Chicago to present...and all the viewer feels is "Damn, guess Franklin's not getting naked again. Darn."

The comedy is uninspired and the acting is pretty awful across the board, but what's most shocking about this turkey is who directed it. Michael Anderson!! Yes, the filmmaker behind stuff like Logan's Run, 1984, and Around the World in Eighty Days also lensed a film in which a giant purple snake puppet leers at a naked Diane Franklin. It's not likely that you'll come across Second Time Lucky any time soon, but if you have fond 1980's memories of the criminally cute Ms. Franklin, this one's a Holy Grail.

On the off chance that you come across this one at 4:15 AM on a Sunday morning, once the flick vacates the Garden of Eden, change the channel. Trust me.

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originally posted: 01/08/03 13:06:11
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8/11/12 mr y I loved it! 5 stars
11/04/04 bruce I was one of the guards who marched her to the firing squad,and my gun went off 2 stars
3/06/04 Lance Summers Enjoyable, No twisted plot, just mindless viewing pleasure 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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