Vibes (1988)

Vibes (1988)

Taglines: Put your hands on our hands and feel the… VIBES.

Cyndi Lauper plays Sylvia Pickel (pronounced with an emphasis on the “kel”, as she points out), a trance-medium who has contact with a wisecracking spirit guide named Louise. She first began communicating with Louise after falling from a ladder at the age of twelve and remaining comatose for two weeks.

Subsequently, Louise taught her astral projection while Sylvia was placed in special homes for being “different.” At a study of physics, she meets fellow psychic Nick Deezy (Goldblum), a psychometrist who can determine the history of events surrounding an object by touching it. Sylvia has a history of bad luck with men, and her overly flirtatious behavior turns off Nick right away.

Sylvia comes home to her apartment one night to find Harry Buscafusco (Falk) lounging in her kitchen. He claims to want to hire her for $50,000 if she’ll accompany him to Ecuador where his son has allegedly gone missing. Sylvia recruits Nick who is reluctant but also eager to leave his job as a museum curator where his special talents are abused like a circus act.

Once the two get there, they initially set out to where Harry’s son was last seen, only to have Nick’s powers tell them that Harry is up to something. Harry confesses that what he is actually looking for is a lost city of gold up in the mountains and that his last partner, who discovered it, went insane. Nick angrily retreats back to the hotel followed by Sylvia who feels embarrassed over being fooled by yet another man.

Vibes is a 1988 American romantic adventure comedy film starring Cyndi Lauper, Jeff Goldblum, Julian Sands and Peter Falk. It was directed by Ken Kwapis. The plot revolves around Sylvia, a ditzy psychic, and Nick, her equally odd psychic friend and their trip into the Ecuadorian Andes to find the “source of psychic energy”.

Vibes Movie Poster (1988)

Vibes (1988)

Directed by: Ken Kwapis
Starring: Cyndi Lauper, Jeff Goldblum, Ramon Bieri, Michael Lerner, Hercules Vilchez, Googy Gress, Harvey J. Goldenberg, Susan Bugg, Van Dyke Parks
Screenplay by: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
Production Design by: Richard Sawyer
Cinematography by: John Bailey
Film Editing by: Carol Littleton
Costume Design by: Ruth Myers
Set Decoration by: George R. Nelson
Art Direction by: Gregory Pickrell
Music by: James Horner
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: August 5, 1988