Fox trots them out
GIVE ME A BREAK, with Michael J. Fox and Christina Vidal. Directed by James Lapine. Category I. On Park-Liberty circuit. FOR LOVE OR MONEY, with Michael J. Fox and Gabrielle Anwar. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Category II. On Panasia circuit.
INOFFENSIVE comedies, Give Me a Break and For Love or Money are notable only as a benchmark for the career of Michael J. Fox, who has never matched the success of the Back to the Future trilogy and appears to be well and truly inked-in on the Hollywood B-list.
Give Me a Break (a.k.a. Life with Mickey ) is a 1992 Christmas movie, cutely capitalising on Fox's early career as a sitcom child star.
He plays Mickey, a struggling New York talent agent specialising in young acts who has never quite grown up or learned to take on adult responsibilities - exploiting his past glory to open any doors he can.
But the old magic is wearing off, and his last chance of saving the family business comes in the small, but cute, shape of a street-smart 10-year-old pickpocket (Christina Vidal).
When she is picked to represent America's favourite cookie in a television campaign, Mickey's job is to keep her in line - but she ends up doing far more for him than he does for her.
The tugging at heart strings is perhaps a bit too blatant, as are the steals from Broadway Danny Rose - but if you can stomach a movie that ends up in one big custard pie fight, you'll probably find the rest to your taste.
For Love or Money (a.k.a. The Concierge ) is more sophisticated. Again Fox is a young man on the make in the Big Apple, working as a hotel concierge and all-time champion fixer. His dream is a five-star hotel of his own, and to get it he's prepared to doalmost anything.
The ''almost'' factor leads him into trouble, naturally, with a would-be backer whose mistress just happens to be his love interest (Gabrielle Anwar). It also leads into a pleasant mixture of farce and feel-good comedy, with the star's energetic performance ultimately carrying it into the black.