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8 I III The Message--for CathoIlcs of Southwestemlndlana 1 Entertainment III II ............ 1 March 8, 1991 I iiii( :*:.:. Jolm Goodman stars as Ralph Jones, an American piano player from Las Vegas who becomes King of England. -- Photo by Frank Connor, Copyright 1990 Universal City Studios Inc. tiiii BO Comedy "King Ralph' gets mired down in one-joke situation, wasted efforts By GERRI PARE Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) -- When an accidental tragedy wipes out the entire British royal family, a good-natured American slob in- herits the throne and becomes "King Ralph" (Universal). At first Ralph (John Good- man), a floundering Las Vegas lounge singer, assumes it's a joke when two proper British gentlemen, toting a one-way ticket to London, inform him he is the sole heir to the Englilsh crown. But life in Buckingham Palace is not an easy fit for the cranky Yankee who's forever tryng to escape the attentions of his starchy private secretary, Willingham (Peter O'Toole). King Ralph is much more at home in an exotic dance club where he's met Miranda, an im- poverished shopgirl (Camille Coduri). However, duty calls and Ralph's expected to give up his German Amcrlcan Bank We Make Friends l,'or L|lc JASPER, INDIANA ' CARRIAGE INN ,o3 FAMILY RESTAURANT PARTIES SERVED FAMILY STYLE commoner, woo the Princess of Finland (Joely Richardson) and undo a plot by smarmy Lord Graves (John Hurt) to dethrone him. He can't quite score a tri- ple header on these counts but with a little encouragement from Willingham, he meets his obligations in a manner befit- ting a king. Writer-director David S. Ward directs a clash of cultures comedy that turns out to be equal parts affable and forgettable. Goodman's likable enough in this minor league effort, but O'Toole and Hurt are wasted in roles in which they look stifled in and O'Toole's dry delivery is far funnier than the dreary dialogue. There are sprightly moments and sight gags that capitalize on Goodman's enormous physical size, but the screenplay is soon mired in its one-joke situation. High point of the film is the royal ball with regally attired King Ralph breaking loose on the harp- sichord with (to the upper-crust attendees) a shocking, rocking, stomping version of "Good Golly, Miss Molly." The rest of this simplemind- ed diversion is lame and tame, though the overbearing musical score tries hard to make you feel emotionally touched and grandly giddy. Due to occasional vulagar ex- pressions, double entendre and a flash of rear nudity, the U.S. Catholic Conference classifica- tion is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Pic- ture Association of America is PG -- parental guidance suggested. i ......... 'i"00;Dubois County Bank LOSE TO YOU WITH 9 CONVEIIIENT LOCATIONS A Great Opportunity In Education Owensboro Catholic High School is seeking a school principal for their 600 student.40 faculty & staff facility. Salary range $30K - $35K. Requirements. Practicing Catholic Four years teaching experience in Catholic schools Kentucky secondary school administration certificate or working toward certification Excellent administration/communication skills Send resume by 3/15/91 to: Principal Search Committee 600 Locust Street Owensboro, KY 42301 b D