Not for Publication

(Paul Bartel, USA, 1984)


The films of writer-director Paul Bartel (Eating Raoul [1982], Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills [1989]) are, as they say, an acquired taste. But a taste definitely worth acquiring.

Resolutely cartoonish, supremely camp, witheringly parodic, Bartel's vision is truly one that holds nothing sacred.

This comedy about a National Enquirer-style tabloid, starring Nancy Allen, is neither his blackest nor his funniest work, but it is at least pleasingly corny and tasteless.

Example of a typical Bartel dialogue exchange: "What am I paying you?" "Nothing." "I'll double it!"

© Adrian Martin 1989

Film Critic: Adrian Martin
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