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'Hit and Runway'

'Hit and Runway' is a miss

Friday, November 16, 2001

By Barry Paris, Post-Gazette Movie Critic

Beware all film buddies who "learn more about themselves" in the end -- especially if one's straight and the other gay.

'Hit And Runway'

RATING: R for language, sex themes and brief nudity.

STARRING: Michael Parducci, Peter Jacobson

DIRECTOR: Christopher Livingston.



Hetero and homo heroes at hand are Alex (Michael Parducci) and Elliot (Peter Jacobson), untalented and talented writers, respectively, in the campy "Hit and Runway."

Hunky Parducci (a soap opera alumnus) aspires to rise from dishwasher in the family's Greenwich Village restaurant. At a night course in screenwriting, he gets the brilliant idea for a fashion-show action thriller -- "Hit and Runway" -- as a starring vehicle for the great Jagger Stevens (Hoyt Richards).

But since Parducci can't write, he must forcibly enlist the literary collaboration of Jacobson, a gay Jewish neurotic who is smitten by handsome busboy Joey (Kerr Smith).

Don't ask any more questions.

There'll be fun galore when straight and gay characters and their values collide -- in theory. In fact, what's galore in this insipid Woody Allen homage is yawns. Jacobson is presented as a Woody wannabe without the wit. Parducci is a boor. Judy Prescott plays a Keaton-esque love interest. Richards is an unhilarious Clint Eastwood parody.

Director Christopher Livingston was also the co-writer, editor and director of photography. Chances are, the animal trainer and caterer as well. I'm unsure about the latter two job categories, but I can tell you he demonstrates a stunning lack of talent in the former four -- especially in the writing.

Which brings us full circle to the beginning of my homily: It was a mistake to think we ever wanted or needed to learn anything about these two annoying stereotypes getting in touch with their male and female sides. "Hit and Runway" was bad enough when they were just trying to be funny. It gets worse when they try to be poignant.

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