Ms. Houston, We Have a Problem

Still, for the devoted, there are a few pleasures to be had in Dracula: DALI. Brooks' chief comic mechanism here seems to be accents--he bounces Nielsen's Hungarian ghoulash, Steven Weber's singsong male-ingénue Brit as Harker, Harvey Korman's bluster as Seward, Peter MacNicol's Dwight Frye-ish gibbering as Renfield, and his own Teutonic warble as Van Helsing off each other, and the results finally did crack me up several times.

The standout in the cast, though, a little surprisingly, is Amy Yasbeck as the blue-blood heroine Mina. In the past, Yasbeck has seemed to me just barely a good enough comedienne to justify putting her in movies because she's so good-looking. Here, as the poised, unflappable Mina, she purses her lips and twitters away with every scene she's in .

Waiting to Exhale:
Directed by Forest Whitaker; with Whitney Houston, AngelaBassett, Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon, Mykelti Williamson, Gregory Hines, Dennis Haysbert and Leon.

Rated R.

Dracula: Dead and Loving It:
Directed by Mel Brooks; with LeslieNielsen, Peter MacNicol, Amy Yasbeck, Steven Weber, Harvey Korman, Megan Cavanagh and Mel Brooks.


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