Silverstone, del Toro, Walken: Excess Baggage

I never know which movies my younger daughter will develop an attraction to. Once the attraction is there, she wants to see the same movie, and most frequently the same scenes, over and over. One movie that, as a consequence, we both have become quite familiar with over the past decade is Excess Baggage, a 1997 film starring Alicia Silverstone, Benico del Toro and Christopher Walken. The film is basically a romance, against the background of a heist gone wrong (on the part of del Toro) and a self-created kidnapping by a daughter (Silverstone), for the purpose of getting the attention of her father, who is extremely wealthy, and involved in organized crime. Unfortunately, she places herself in the trunk of her car, only to have it stolen by del Toro, who is in the business of stealing and reselling higher end cars.

The film did not do well financially and was poorly received critically. I liked it a lot, particularly the performance of del Toro.

Here is a short trailer:

Here is a long trailer, which provides a more complete story line:

Here is del Toro, who has abandoned Silverstone, once he realizes that she is being sought by the police. He tries to get back with her when his warehouse of luxury cars burns down, and he realizes that the police now think he is the kidnapper, since her car is the only one missing.

“Emily, I’m dead meat”:

Here the two of them are travelling to meet del Toro’s partner, played by Harry Connick, Jr. Del Toro is to hand over $200,000, received as a down payment for one of the cars that is now burnt up. Unfortunately, del Toro was tracked down by Silverstone’s “Uncle Ray”, an enforcer, played by Christopher Walken. He finds and keeps the $200,000 as security for Silverstone’s return. Instead, del Toro and Silverstone escape from Uncle Ray, and del Toro is faced with telling his partner that he no longer has the money. Silverstone and del Toro talk about relationships:

“Because I always see the potential of failure”:

Here is the ending scene in the movie, where Silverstone, having returned to her father, then leaves, to sprit del Toro and herself away:

This is one of those films, similar to Jack and Sarah (1995), with Richard E. Grant and Samantha Mathis, and Forces of Nature (1999), with Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock, where the acting pairing is superb, but has yet to be repeated; none of the actors played leading roles with each other again, at least to date. In all three cases, a repeat pairing is very much merited, in my view. Also in all three cases, the wait has been nearly fifteen years. Minor view, maybe…

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