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‘Delirious’ (PG-13)

By Hal Hinson
Washington Post Staff Writer
August 09, 1991

"Delirious" is such a lame excuse for a comedy that even a trouper like John Candy seems too bored to exert himself.

The picture teeters on the flimsy premise of having Candy play a soap opera writer named Jack who finds himself trapped inside his own show. The one advantage to this, he finds, is that his typewriter becomes a magic instrument; whatever he writes comes true, typos and all. And so, in order to impress the show's beautiful star (Emma Samms) and save her from being killed off by the producers, he casts himself as her savior and hero. In one scene he shows up in the nick of time on a white charger to halt her runaway steed; in another, he's a kung fu master, plucking flashing knives from the air in midflight.

Candy is no Errol Flynn, and watching this unlikely hero perform these gymnastic feats of daring should be funny, but it's just the opposite. It's excruciating. Surprisingly enough, it's Mariel Hemingway, as an aspiring actress, who provides the film's only grace notes. She looks like the only one having fun.

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