Plain Clothes Film Details
Overview: To prove his brother’s innocence, undercover officer Nick enrolls in high school again, dealing with crushes, bullies, humiliations, popularity swings, and quirky teachers and staff to find the real murderer.
Tagline: An Undercover Nightmare.
Review: Not a bad movie but not a good one either. It’s one of those 80’s movies you have to a least see once in your lifetime. Arliss Howard as Nick Dunbar: The 34yr old playing a 24yr undercover cop playing an 18yr. OK. While Howard was somewhat young enough to somewhat get away with it, I still felt he was miscast somewhat. In some scenes he kinda fit in but in others, you could tell his age and it was more embarrassing than funny. But still, he did an earnest performance. Suzy Amis as Robin Torrence: Now she I believed did a great job and was quite believable as the young teacher smitten by the Nick Dunbar character. She really looked quite nice in this type of role. George Wendt as Chet Butler: Poor Wendt, he at 1st came on quite nicely as a somewhat loony teacher but by the end it was quite ridiculous for me to accept him as a invincible, crazy killer who even shoots dogs! Not funny at all. I quite expected him to just have a heart-attack with all that running around after Howard’s Dunbar. Complete miscast here. Diane Ladd as Jane Melway: Now she was quite believable in her role. (At 1st I thought she was Dee Wallace!) Ladd did a great job in her little role. Seymour Cassel as Ed Malmburg: Was OK at best. Playing Dunbar’s partner and role-playing as the dad was OK. I wish Collidge would have had a little more interplay with Cassel and Howard doing the “father & son” thing. There could have been some more potential comedy there. Abe Vigoda as Mr. Wiseman: Was a complete miscast. What a shame to have the late Vigoda in a thankless role in which all he had to do was walk around oblivious to the fact fact that everyday some student was putting a different note pinned to his back and he of course would not notice and walk around all day like a idiot. Why would Vigoda take such a thankless role is beyond me. Robert Stack as Mr. Gardner: Stack as the principle was OK at best but still a misfire and not funny at all. While it;s always great to see the late great Stack in a role out of the Untouchable mold, he just is too intense for a comedy and to me was just miscast in a throwaway role like Vigoda. Alexandra Powers as Dawn-Marie Zeffer: The beautiful Powers was very well cast as the cheerleader type. Her little scene where she is trying to seduce Howard’s Dunbar was really good. I could see Howard having a hard time resisting this sexy little charmer but he had to have it under control for a lot of reasons. She’s 17, he’s 24 playing an 18yr old. I like at the end when she realizes he’s a cop and she is still like saying in a devilish sexy way, “So, how old are you anyways?” What a shame this very cute actress gave up acting. She hasn’t done anything since 2001! I wonder what she is doing now… Peter Dobson as Kyle Kerns: Great casting here. Dobson as a bully on Dunbar’s case was right on. Very believable and a good job done by Dobson. Harry Shearer as Simon Feck: Complete miscast here for the great Shearer. Just like Vigoda, a throw-away role that any extra could have done. Don’t understand why these greats would take such meaningless bit role role that are just basically cameos. Reginald VelJohnson as Captain Graff: Another meaningless cameo bit in which VelJohnson was just wasted. A thankless throwaway role also. Max Perlich as Carter: Great casting here. A very believable Perlich as a fellow student who befriends Dunbar. Good job by Perlich. All in all, Coolidge has done better (Valley Girl) but OK in some respect. Great ending song, “YOU CAN COUNT ON ME”,written and performed by Billy Sherwood.
Country: United States
Duration: 98 min
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Romance
Also known as: Plain Clothes,Pollari pulpetissa,Volver a la onda,Ropa nueva,Polisen i plugget,Assassinato em 2º Grau,Polícia à Paisana,Suli nyomozó,Szkolne śledztwo,Glory Days,Plain clothes – un poliziotto in incognito,Assassinato em Segundo Grau,Plain Clothes – Mord an der Highschool,Iskolai nyomozó,Un poliziotto al college