Rarely has a title been better matched to a movie than in the case of the innocuous If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium. That name really does let viewers know what they're in for: a light, slightly farcical, totally unchallenging travelogue-cum-comedy. Anyone looking for a film that will offer insight, sparkling wit, or a contained, well-thought-out plot with deeply etched characters knows automatically to look elsewhere. This isn't to say that Tuesday isn't entertaining. After all, it has a tremendous cast of character actors, each of whom has at least a moment or two to shine; some yummy on-location shots; and a pair of attractive leads to go through the motions of a "should they or shouldn't they" romance. It even pulls in such unlikely stars as Vittorio De Sica, Joan Collins, Donovan, and John Cassavetes for some peppy cameos. If Suzanne Pleshette and Ian McShane can't quite pull off their story, it's not for want of trying; they do very well with standard-issue parts that really exist only to provide what little dramatic conflict there is to the film. Much better served are such delightful performers as Peggy Cass, Mildred Natwick, Reva Rose, and Michael Constantine. Breezy, dated, and totally inconsequential, Tuesday is a good popcorn movie -- not especially nutritious, but fun to ingest.
by Craig Butler review