Bird on a Wire (1990)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Action Comedy, Chase Movie  |   Release Date - May 18, 1990 (USA)  |   Run Time - 110 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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The can't-miss teaming of Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn is squandered on a clumsy, illogical romantic melodrama. Running across her old boyfriend Gibson at a Wisconsin gas station, Hawn is astounded that he seems not to recognize her. How could she have known that Gibson was put into the Witness Relocation Program after testifying against a homicidal mob boss (say, don't they usually alter your appearance when they put you in that program?) Curious over Gibson's furtive behavior, Hawn unknowingly sets herself up as a target for the bad guys. The whole affairs culminates in an after-hours showdown at a zoo (a plot device vastly improved upon in the 1996 Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Eraser). While Bird on a Wire admittedly has its moments of enjoyment, most of the film is on a par with Gibson's embarrassing, homophobic scene with a pair of epicine hairdressers. And whoever heard of the Chinatown section of Racine, Wisconsin?

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criminal, drugs, killing, lawyer, love, on-the-road, on-the-run, relocation, revenge, role-switching, romance, witness