Short's Jiminy Glick fails to click

LOUIS B. HOBSON - Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:26 AM ET

Like Christopher Guest's Best in Show, Martin Short's Jiminy Glick in La La Wood is an improvised comedy.

Both films started with a story idea and a rogue's gallery of wacky characters and then let the actors loose to create the scenes.

That's where the comparison ends.

Where Guest's Best in Show is a movie about dogs, Short's Jiminy Glick is a dog of a movie.

Glick is Short's satiric view of sycophantic, small-town, small-minded celebrity interviewers.

His Jiminy is a fat, pompous man who loves the sound of his own voice and delights in shocking his interview subjects.

Jiminy's station in Butte, Mont., decides to send him to the Toronto Film Festival to chat with the celebrities who descend on the city each September.

Jiminy's Toronto liaison is unable to get him any interviews until he snoozes through a dreadful film and then gives it such a rave review, its reclusive star gives Jiminy an interview.

Suddenly everyone from Kiefer Sutherland to Susan Sarandon is begging to be interviewed by Jiminy.

There are so many unexplored comic possibilities in this movie-within-a-movie that are never explored.

That would have required some genuine forethought and detailed script work.

Instead, the actors try to be more shocking and vulgar than one another.

(This film is rated 14-A)


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