The Worst that Could Happen?
What's the worst thing that can happen? You spend the $30.00
bucks; between admission, popcorn and two cokes, on this should-have-been-
brilliant-why- look-at-the-cast movie.
be wary of any movie the studio tags as a "zany" comedy.
Zany? Billy Zane better be one of the stars or chances
are higher than Kevin Spacey's real hair line it's a clunker
of titanic proportions! Case in point this, zany, dare
I say whacky, comedy!
there are some brilliantly funny scenes-mostly at the hands
of Star Martin Lawrence's, costars! Sorry, Martin seemed
zoned out when not doing his signature frantic comic routines.
The scene-stealer of the evening was William
Fichtner. A big-ole-smit here at Blunt Review. But, it wasn't
his unusually mapped good looks this time that had me all apple
pie ala'mode giddy-with-glee each time he appeared, but his
character was like a breath of fresh shtick comedy. Fichtner
plays a Peroit- meets- Liberace-meets-Guffman Boston police
detective, named Alex Tardio, whose sexuality is all over the
board. In less capable hands this too could have been unoriginal
is all about penis envy. Or, perhaps just a plain old battle
of juvenile male egos, lacking only, the comparisons
of penile size. Though Lawrence does go there briefly...
Kevin (Martin Lawrence- who has skin so beautifully smooth it
looks almost like those clay-mation dolls from the Nestea commercials)
is caught fist-full-o-lute by a billionaire, in the billionaire's
home mid, robbery. This billionaire, Max Fairbanks (Danny Devito),
decides to hoodwink the hood and tells the cops the robber has
one last trinket still due return... A ring, on his finger.
The cops remove the robber's ring and give it over to the richer
robber. The games begin.
this tacky ring was a gift from Kevin's new soul mate Amber
(a simply gorgeous Carmen Ejogo). A token from her father representing
good luck and love and whatever. Kevin swears he'll get the
ring back. Not so easy. Max, who's a bit of a loon, believes
the ring is an omen of good (more) fortune that he must keep,
under any circumstances...
two different style crooks, without a clue of morality go mental
gladiator on each other over a cheap gaudy ring, for the next
two hours. Yawn. Of course the whole audience was simultaneously
thinking "Go to a good jeweler and duplicate the damn thing
already nunchakus !"
good news is Devito and Lawrences' supporting cast. After hilarious
Fichtner, secondary scene-stealers the lot of them.
Lugugugumananuizamo who plays Kevin's partner in fiasco,
crime Berger is his usual, adorable, self. His quick sense of
humor shines through even the 2 dimensional poopy-kucka of a
Headly (a girl-a talented girl) plays Max's secretary
and spiritual confidant Gloria. Again if it were not for the
lack of story this cast would have ripped through the screen.
For example Bernie Mac (best known from Original
Kings of Comedy) is absolutely brilliant, nearly every line
is funny and believable.
what's wrong with the film? Too much Lawrence doing that thing
he does that, quite frankly , unless you love the guy already,
is grating. Sure he's handsome and has the sweetest smile on
film to date, but he needed to be funnier is all as the whole
comic sphere was circling around- him.
the story is just too far fetched. As if a billionaire amidst
a huge all-destroying congressional hearing, bankruptcy etc.
would stop to have a battle of the wits with a robber. Again,
he'd have copied the ring and gave the robber the fake one,
no? Normally off-the-believable - path is fine by me if you
can hold the interest via clever dialog, unexpected gags and
best thing about the movie was the many comics that come out
of the woodwork. Lenny
Clarke, who used to be wicked handsome, was nice to see.
I actually knew him...a long time ago...Super guy- funny too.
again a wonderful show. Ana
Gasteyer who's just kind of here- not given any meat- and
she can handle it too. A fantastic comedian! Poor kid. But wait
there's more comedy stew! You get another a real fave here at
Blunt Review, too, Larry
Miller. And of course, effervescent DeVito himself is naturally
funny and easily delivers his Max. Lawrence shined on TV but
loses something, at least here, on the biggie screen.
for all its giggles and genuinely funny bits it's still not
recommendable. Wait for video.
recommendation: Boston baked beans and Kelly's Roast beef
Martin Lawrence Danny DeVito John Leguizamo Glenne Headly Carmen
Ejogo Bernie Mac Larry Miller Nora Dunn Richard Schiff William
Fichtner Ana Gasteyer and many many more greta comics scattered
by: Sam Weisman
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