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Issue: 2010

Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986) movie review

Everywoman to the Rescue


Terri (Whoopi Goldberg) is a drone in the data processing cattle pen of a large international bank. Her cheeky attitude stands in the way of her promotion despite her popularity with the rest of the team and her super-human proficiency with computer technology. And then suddenly, one night, she discovers that a British spy has been monitoring her online chit-chat and, as he thinks she is a man, is asked to help get him the exit strategy needed to rescue him from the cold.

Jumpin' Jack Flash is a fast, funny take on the classic civilian-rescuing-a-spy movie. Terri is idiosyncratic on her best days, but drug her and put her in the way of spies, counter-spies and British dignitaries and it's bare-faced comedy.

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A Dangerously Funny Movie

Well-written, with a comedy that is carried on an incredible tale of computer-based espionage, ably and enthusiastically performed, Jumpin' Jack Flash is an excellent example of what can be done by a strong writing team and a strong cast.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 1986
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See also: Nancy Meyers also wrote Something's Gotta Give ; It's Complicated ; The Holiday ; The Parent Trap; Father of the Bride II; Father of the Bride; Jumpin' Jack Flash(as Patricia Irving); Baby Boom ; Irreconcilable Differences ; Private Benjamin

Just the facts:

Title: Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986)
Written by: David Franzoni (story & screenplay) (as David H. Franzoni) and Charles Shyer (screenplay) (as J.W. Melville) & Nancy Meyers (screenplay) (as Patricia Irving) and Chris Thompson (screenplay)
Directed by: Penny Marshall
Running time: 100 mins

The Players: Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Collins , John Wood , Carol Kane , Annie Potts

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