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Originally published June 23, 2011 at 6:07 AM | Page modified June 23, 2011 at 6:07 AM

Scarecrow Video recommendations for "Cars 2"

It's the first time in a while that the staff of Scarecrow Video isn't excited about the latest offering from Pixar. They're still riding an incredible hot streak of masterpieces (or almost-masterpieces) since the release of "Ratatouille" in 2007, but their only real misfire in our eyes is 2006's "Cars."

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It's the first time in a while that the staff of Scarecrow Video isn't excited about the latest offering from Pixar. They're still riding an incredible hot streak of masterpieces (or almost-masterpieces) since the release of "Ratatouille" in 2007, but their only real misfire in our eyes is 2006's "Cars."

This weekend brings us the release of "Cars 2," wherein Mater the Tow Truck (voiced by "comedian" Larry the Cable Guy) travels to Europe and is mistaken for an international super spy. So we thought we'd recommend some other mistaken identity spy comedies.

Raise your hand if you remember 1991's "If Looks Could Kill," starring a then-26-year-old Richard Grieco, fresh off his recently canceled "21 Jump Street" spinoff "Booker," as a high-school student mistaken for a secret agent while traveling abroad on a school trip. Personally I'd be a fan of this one if only for the scene wherein Grieco's entire French class is dangled precariously over a vat of molten gold. Also Linda Hunt plays a creepy evil spy ala Rosa Klebb in "From Russia With Love."

We're also fond of the 1985 Tom Hanks vehicle "The Man With One Red Shoe," which is actually a remake of a French film called "The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe." Hanks plays a man wearing mismatched shoes who is purposefully misidentified as a spy by a secret agent hoping to discredit his boss with misinformation. The CIA, believing this absurdity, sends in a lovely female agent to shadow Hanks. He ends up falling in love with her. This one is pretty dopey, but still worth checking out as one of Hanks' more charming '80s comedies (you might also try the much weirder "Volunteers").

Finally there's the nearly unheralded "Spies Like Us." The equally unheralded John Landis directed this bizarre homage to the Bing Crosby/Bob Hope Road To... pictures. Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd play two totally incompetent low-level government employees who are set up as decoys to distract the Soviets from the real spies who've been sent in to hijack some nuclear missiles. Of course, things don't really go as planned, and it's up to these two idiots to save the world. If you like this one, we'd also wholeheartedly recommend the notorious "Ishtar," which has a slightly similar storyline and is unfairly labelled, mostly be people who have never actually seen it, as terrible. In fact it's one of the great comedies of the 1980s.

Till next week!





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