Alicia Silverstone, Benicio del Toro, Christopher Walken and Harry Connick, Jr., star in this offbeat adventure about a poor little rich girl and the car thief who steals her heart. Desperate for attention, Emily Hope (Silverstone), stages her own kidnapping. But before Emily can enjoy a happy reunion with her father, her car gets stolen – with Emily still inside.
Alicia Silverstone was so hot after the success of Clueless that she formed her own production company at the age of 19, and Excess Baggage was the first movie she chose as a starring vehicle. Silverstone plays Emily, a spoiled rich girl who has everything but her father’s affection, so she decides to stage her own kidnapping to see if dad will come to his senses and appreciate the daughter he so blindly disregards. But when Emily locks herself in the trunk of her own car, she’s surprised when the car is stolen by Vincent (Benicio Del Toro, from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), a professional car thief whose partner (Harry Connick Jr.) has misplaced $200,000 of the Mob’s money. Christopher Walken stars as Emily’s “Uncle Ray,” who’s hot on her trail as she goes on the lam with Vincent. It’s not the meandering plot that matters so much as the funny dialogue between Silverstone and Del Toro, who steals his scenes with a smoky mumble and easygoing charm. This one is mostly for Alicia fans, but the film has got enough good laughs and low-key appeal to make it a home-video sleeper. –Jeff Shannon