Wrongfully Accused (1998)

WRONGFULLY ACCUSED is fun for a while.  The plot is an odd (and 
kinda confusing) cross of THE FUGITIVE and PATRIOT GAMES, with 
Leslie Nielsen as Ryan Harrison (!), a celebrity violinist on the 
lam.  (He's billed in bare-chested banners as "Lord of the Violin.")  
The tech credits are tops, Nielsen's deadpan is droller than usual, 
and writer/producer/first-time-director Pat Proft, a NAKED GUN and 
HOT SHOTS! alumni, packs in the pokes at a rate of, oh, about one 
every five seconds.  Too bad they don't build on each other.  Basic-
ally, the movie's a collection of non sequiturs, very few of which 
add to any overall momentum.  After a while, it just... gets old.  
Tons of TV and movie spoofing, though.  Play Spot the Reference(tm) 
and you'll stay busy.  (TITANIC I was expecting, but THE USUAL 
SUSPECTS?!)  Great hard-boiled dialogue, too.  "I've got a gun.  Not 
here, but I've got one."  "Your lies are like bananas-- they come in 
big yellow bunches."   And, my favorite, "I wish I had a Quarter-
Pounder with Cheese every time I heard that chestnut."  With Kelly 
LeBrock, Melinda McGraw, Michael York, and Richard Crenna, who barks 
orders almost as amusingly as Tommy Lee Jones. 

Grade: D+

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Originally posted to triangle.movies as MOVIE HELL: Dribs and Drabs

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