Protocol is a poor attempt at comedy with Capraesque aspirations.Goldie Hawn plays Sunny, a ditsy cocktail waitress in a sleazy bar whobecomes a national heroine after inadvertently saving the life of avisiting Arab Emir and getting shot in the butt for her troubles.<br><br>The Emir takes a fancy to Sunny and the US administration wants toestablish a military base in his region. The State Department plan toallow the Emir to claim Sunny as his wife. They conspire to offer Sunnya job within the Protocol Department of the Government.<br><br>The film is slap dash and Goldie's charm is wearing thin here. She issupposed to be a blonde bimbo but pretty soon she comes across as sharpas a cookie with an inkling that the State Department are up tosomething. The Arab men are all sleazy stereotypes lusting after blondewhite women. Even when they speak Arabic it sounds gibberish.<br><br>There is a party scene set in the bar Hawn used to work in and everycliché walks in to the bar, S&M couples, bikers, gay guys, Japanesebusinessmen, everyone is having a great time and soon descends intofarce because the film has just run out of ideas and cojones to take asatirical bite on US foreign policy<br><br>When the penny drops and Sunny realises that she is being used it thenbecomes more akin to Mr Smith goes to Washington but by then it justbecomes mawkish as the comedy has run out of gas.
The US needs to convince the visiting emir Khala'ad of Othar to allow an American military base in his strategic realm. Clueless nightclub waitress Sunny Ann Davis accidentally spots and stops a terrorist shooting at the president and his royal guest. Her naive comments charm the press, so the State Department recruits her for its Protocol. She falls in love with charming Middle East desk chief Michael Ransome, who resigns rather than help trick her into a 'contact mission' to Othar, where the emir's plan with her unexpectedly stirs a revolution.
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