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Film / Brenda Starr

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Brenda Starr is a 1989 adventure film based on the eponymous comic strip, directed by Robert Ellis Miller and starring Brooke Shields, Timothy Dalton, Diana Scarwid, Jeffrey Tambor and Charles Durning.

Mike Randall (Tony Peck) is a struggling newspaper artist who draws the Brenda Starr comic strip about the titular character, an ace reporter who is talented, fearless, and smart. When Brenda (Shields) comes to life and sees how unappreciated she is by Mike, she disappears from the comic. To return her to her rightful place and keep his job, Mike draws himself into the strip. It turns out that Brenda headed to the Amazon jungle to find a scientist with a secret fuel formula.


This film features examples of:

  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Matt. As noted in The Toast:
    John: Matt is so superfluous to the movie that he spends most of it knocked out in some form.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Matt is the sensitive guy to Basil St. John's manly man. As also noted by The Toast:
    John: They take every chance to lampshade Matt's queerness or lack of traditional masculinity. He's prissily-exasperated in a very period coded-gay way. He's the pansy foil to Basil St. John's mysterious yet alluring swashbuckler.
    Josh: I like when Basil shows up in Puerto Rico and is wearing a Zorro mask for no reason.