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Lost and Found

This weekend I watched one of my favorite forgotten movies from the 90s, Lost and Found.

Lost and Found stars David Spade and Sophie Marceau (whom you may remember from Braveheart or as Elektra King in The World is Not Enough). It’s a fun comedy that walks the line of being a romantic comedy. It truly is a movie that is reflective of the late 90’s, being that it includes lots of sarcasm, some gross out humor, but still manages to have a heart.

The story is pretty basic: a man decides to steal his new neighbor’s dog for a couple hours in order to spend some time with her. The dog ends up eating his best friend’s engagement ring and he’s forced to hide the dog while simultaneously courting his neighbor. All sorts of hijinks ensue and there are a lot of laughs spread throughout.

I always liked David Spade’s dry wit and sarcasm and I would seek out most of his movies back in the 90’s and early 2000’s. I remember renting Lost and Found and loving it, but then I promptly forgot about it. It was lost in a sea of late 90’s rom-coms and it wasn’t until about four years ago that I finally remembered that it existed. I spent some time looking for a copy of it, and I finally ran across one at a thrift store on VHS. I went home and immediately watched it and found the movie held up and still made me laugh pretty hard.

It’s been a few years since that VHS watch and Lost and Found has been on my mind, and even more so since I finished up Almost Interesting. I discovered that it was streaming on VUDU for free, so I turned it on late Saturday night and found myself cracking up all over again. The humor and timing just really hits the right spots for me and there is one scene with a little boy in a pet store that has me rolling every time.

Lost and Found was directed by Jeff Pollock, who also directed Booty Call and Above the Rim and has since passed away.

Artie Lang plays Wally, a bumbling idiot who idolizes David Spade’s character. Originally this character was written for Chris Farley, who unfortunately passed away before the film went into production.

Lost and Found was a box office bomb, having had a budget of over $30 million but bringing in only $3 million at the box office. It was also pretty panned by critics, which bums me out, because I really genuinely like this movie. There are no Oscar winning performances in it but it’s a fun flick. And outside of Shazam, I can’t think of the last time I saw a new movie that was just fun.

Note: Lost and Found is the movie that introduced me to Neil Diamond’s Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show, one of my go-to feel good songs!

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