Alas, Maxie has none of the delights of those other films it is utterly insipid. Some of the scenes with Mandy Patinkin running around the bedroom trying to avoid Maxie are incredibly unfunny. Even the soundtrack has a banality that sounds like piano bar background music. Most irritating is the cop-out ending the script sets up the dramatic potential of the contest between Jan and Maxie for possession of Jans body, then unbelievably has Maxie just deciding to give up and head off into the afterlife on the eve of her greatest success.
The films saving grace comes close to being Glenn Close who does an meticulous job in getting down the mannerisms and argot of a flapper bimbo. The problem is that Close is always an actor who seems emotionally distant from her performance she seems to act by calculation rather than instinct. Her Maxie seems a mammoth and exacting effort but it is a cold one, behind it there is no feeling. Her Jan seems a far more honest performance. The best performance in the film in fact, the most natural one is from Mandy Patinkin, who comes across with a great deal of good-natured likability.
The film was uncreditedly remade as the erotic fantasy Erotic Possessions (1999).
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