For my money, Cyndi Lauper was way ahead of Madonna before she took some time off. But such is the fickle world of pop music. One day, you’re she bopping with The Goonies and a few months later, you’re struggling for relevance. That said, judging by the crowds on the last tour Cyndi did — remember tours — she did just fine.
Between Follow That Bird, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Dunston Checks In, director Ken Kwapis has done pretty well for himself too. Here, he places Lauper — thanks to a script by Babaloo Mandell and Lowell Ganz — into Romancing the Stone territory by way of ESP. She plays Sylvia Pickel, whose spirit guide Louise has guided her since falling off a ladder at the age of twelve.
Her opposite number is Jeff Goldblum’s Nick Deezy, who can tell the history of objects by touching them. They get along like oil and water at first, but come on. This is a 1988 movie that will surely have some romantic sparks before it’s all over.
This has Julian Sands as a potentially evil doctor, ancient aliens stealing psychic power, Peter Falk as the man who pays for the adventure and great character actors like Steve Buscemi and Van Dyke Parks in small roles.
Originally described as Romancing the Ghostbusters in the Temple of Doom, Vibes was going to originally pair Lauper with Dan Aykroyd. Now that I would have liked to have seen.