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Autumn 2004

Vibes (1988) movie review

Paranormal Pursuits

Nick Deezy (Jeff Goldblum) can tell the story of an object by laying his hands upon it. A useful but sometimes embarrassing and frustrating skill in his job as a museum curator. Sylvia Pickel (Cyndi Lauper) is a would-be beauty school graduate whose spirit guide is her best friend.

They meet at a study on paranormal skills, and when Sylvia is offered a large sum to help find a lost son in the South American jungles, she enlists Nick's help. Together they travel to picturesque South America with Harry Buscafusco (Peter Falk) only to discover that they are in the middle of murder and mayhem and the search for immense wealth and supernatural power.

Movie poster, Vibes; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Vibes
Put your hands on our hands and feel the... VIBES.

This is a wacky, 1980s romantic comedy with an unusual premise and three clever comedic actors. It finds humour in everything from unfaithful lovers to remorseless assassins to the tango.

Will Nick and Sylvia and Harry find the mysterious room of gold? What will is cost them to find it? Is there a happy ending in sight?

Fun, nicely paced, full of surprises and comedic moments.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 5 August 1988
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Title: Vibes (1988) (1988)
Written by: Deborah Blum (story), Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel (story and script)
Directed by: Ken Kwapis
running time: 99 mins

The Players: Cyndi Lauper, Jeff Goldblum, Julian Sands, Peter Falk, Michael Lerner,Elizabeth Peña, Park Overall, Max Perlich, Steve Buscemi

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