Lane squeezes in the familiar stuff from the film—the mambo-loving cabbie, the model with the Shiite terrorist boyfriend, the missed answering machine messages (this is the ‘80s) a burning bed and the gazpacho spiked with sleeping pills—but he fails to make sense of it all. Or to make it fun. Halfway in, I was still trying to figure out what was going on. And I hadn’t cracked one smile.
Michael Yeargan’s multi-faceted set uses just about every gadget in the toolkit including Sven Ortel’s frenetic video projections. Catherine Zuber has just as much fun with her extravagant, neon-colored costumes. While Charles LaPointe deserves a special shout-out for his intentionally hilarious wigs.
The trailer, however, is quite entertaining. So, in the spirit of holiday giving, here it is: