• The Pick-Up Artist (1987)

The Pick-Up Artist

Release Date: September 18th, 1987

DVD Release Date: December 16th, 2003

PG-13 |1 hr 21 min

Plot Summary

Serial pick-up artist and commitment-phobe Jack Jericho (Robert Downey Jr.) takes lessons in the art of seduction from aging player Phil Harper (Danny Aiello). Jack finds a formidable opponent in Randy Jensen (Molly Ringwald), a fiery tour guide who has a retort for his every line. Though she initially spurns his advances, Jack finds a way in when Randy's alcoholic, compulsive gambler father, Flash (Dennis Hopper), ends up in serious debt and deep trouble with gangsters in Atlantic City.

Cast: Molly Ringwald, Robert Downey Jr., Dennis Hopper, Danny Aiello, Mildred Dunnock, Harvey Keitel, Brian Hamill, Vanessa Williams

Director: James Toback

Genres: Romantic comedy

Production Co: 20th Century Fox, American Entertainment

Keywords: School, 1980s, Temptation, Melodramatic, Father, Charming, Rivalry, Rescue, Hilarious, Love, Daughter

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Dave KehrChicago Tribune

    The charm of the film (and it does have an effective degree) ultimately seems as synthetic as Jack's. Perhaps the real pickup artist of the title is Toback himself, hiding behind a winning smile as he attempts, for the first time in his career, to hustle the audience. show more

  • 50
    Rick GroenThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    ONE THING about The Pick-up Artist : it's fast. Crazy fast, like a manic 2-year-old in a major pout - all energy and no direction. This is a picture for the channel-hopping set, something to watch with half an eye while all your mind is coasting elsewhere, less a movie than a feature- length trailer, a series of short, cluttered scenes cut to a rock 'n' roll score and leading . . . . Well, that's the other thing about The Pick-up Artist: it leads precisely nowhere. [18 Sept 1987]

  • 63
    Miami Herald

    The movie is 75 minutes of easy entertainment, important mainly as the launching pad for Downey, whose glibness, good looks and quickness of spirit mark him as a man who may pick up as many accolades as ladies in a promising future career. [19 Sept 1987, p.B5]

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