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Lake Placid  (1999)

Cast: Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, Brendan Gleeson, Betty White
Director: Steve Miner
U.S. Distribution: 20th Century Fox / Fox 2000
U.S. Release Date: 7/16/99
Running Time: 1:22
MPAA Rating: R

Where's the beast?!

A 30-foot man-, cow- and helicopter-eating crocodile is on the loose in a Maine lake. So, too, are Oliver Pratt and Betty White; and too often, their attempts at humor are almost as deadly.

The makers of Lake Placid try much too hard for laughs and not nearly enough for some geniune scares that would have made this a better movie. To their credit, Pratt is quite good at times and White's foul-mouthed Mrs. Bickerman character goes a long way towards changing her "Golden Girl" image. Neither, however, makes up for fact that the killer croc has little more than a few cameos.

You know, I truly appreciate the fact that this kind of movie is still getting made in 1999, but I would hope that something more original would come along. I seem to recall seeing a shark in Jaws attack a helicopter, then there was that killer grizzly bear... (but I digress).

I almost forgot to mention the two main characters played by Bill Pullman and Bridget Fonda. Perhaps because they are just plain forgettable.

© 1999, Delton Perrodin

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