Life inside a perfume advertisement, with lots of posturing and about a quarter of an ounce of content, is the milieu of "Rollover," which proports to be about the world of high finance.
That world is a glittery background of flashing computer terminals, sleek yachts, curving staircases and colorful Arabs, against which Jane Fonda and Kris Kristofferson make the rounds of benefit balls with their assets on their backs. These are the folks who think Cartier's Le Must list is compulsary .
The Kristofferson character, called Smith, is the embodiment of that stalwart of the original Emily Post books (unfortunately expunged in modern versions), Mr. Richan Vulgar, who used to ply the Atlantic in the hope of meeting on shipboard people who would have snubbed him on land. What such a person needs most is a rich widow in distress, and that is the character Fonda plays. In her attempts to take over her late husband's board chairmanship, she invites unflattering comparison with Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford in the similar circumstances of "Mommie Dearest." Not that the Fonda character is insensitive, but in one scene she appears to have a huge diamond brooch pinned right through her bare breast.
And these are the sympathetic characters. The bad guy (Hume Cronyn, who doesn't look at all well) is in the cinematic tradition of the American businessman whose hobby is motivationless murder.
The movie insists that the fate of the world hangs on the actions of these people. If you buy that, you'll buy anything.
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