There's no 'Alibi' for this movie, but Randy Newman's tune is classic
Since we are talking about the mix of music and movies, you would be remiss if Randy Newman wasn't mentioned in the conversation. Though he has won the bulk of his awards post-'80s, our favorite decade was still fertile ground for the sly wit of Newman, evidenced in the video for Falling In Love.
The forgotten 1989 movie Her Alibi may not be on the top of the resume for Tom Selleck or Randy Newman, but still the partnership did make for a good song and pleasing video. Her Alibi only has an IMDB rating of 5.7 as mystery novelist Selleck becomes the alibi for murder suspect Paulina Porizkova (better known to us as Mrs. Ric Ocasek and the video vixen of The Cars Drive video).
Even if you are not a fan of Newman or this song, you must at least watch the opening of the video as Newman's big red head (Laura Howard) from his iconic I Love L.A. video returns to give the best one-liner insult in '80s music video. However, that is not the only reason to view the catchy video as Newman continues to have fun with a cast of characters including baby cupids and heavenly backup beauties along with plenty of movie clips of a hairy-chested Selleck avoiding near-fatal accidents.
Although he scored a stray movie in 1971, Newman's love affair with movies began in 1981 with his Oscar-nominated work on Ragtime. His '80s output included The Natural and Parenthood before he and Pixar became incredible partners creating masterpieces like You Got A Friend In Me and When She Loved Me for the Toy Story franchise.