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MOVIE REVIEW : 'Action': Pumping Irony : Heavy on parody, 'Last Action Hero' doesn't live up to its potential. Its asset-- Schwarzenegger--is one of its problems.

June 18, 1993|KENNETH TURAN | TIMES FILM CRITIC

And the heart of the film, the joy we are supposed to share with Danny as he lives out his fantasy, never comes off either. "Last Action Hero" (rated PG-13 for strong action sequences) does have occasional moments of humor, including a clever Schwarzenegger-as-Hamlet parody ("There's something rotten in the state of Denmark, and Hamlet is taking out the trash!"), but overall it is lacking in fun or magic. When one of the movie Arnolds says his next film will be "a good story, with emotions," one can only hope that this isn't the one he had in mind.

'Last Action Hero' Arnold Schwarzenegger: Jack Slater F. Murray Abraham: John Practice Art Carney: Frank Charles Dance: Benedict Austin O'Brien: Danny

A Steve Roth/Oak production, released by Columbia Pictures. Director John McTiernan. Producers Steve Roth, John McTiernan. Executive producer Arnold Schwarzenegger. Screenplay Shane Black & David Arnott, based on a story by Zak Penn & Adam Leff. Cinematographer Dean Semler. Editor John Wright. Costumes Gloria Gresham. Music Michael Kamen. Production design Eugenio Zanetti. Art directors Marek Dobrowolski, Rick Heinrichs. Set decorator Cindy Carr. Running time: 2 hours, 2 minutes.

MPAA-rated PG-13 (strong action sequences).

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