Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 May 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A psychiatric patient and a conman get together after one of them is mistaken for a lost millionaire.
My Take on it – Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder collaborated on 4 movies during their careers and this was the final one.
Unfortunately, this was the worst of their collaborations and just isn’t as funny or entertaining as any of the others.
The story moves along super slowly and it’s all quite boring the whole way through.
The characters aren’t interesting at all and I constantly had an urge to wish they would be more entertaining.
This movie does have one bright spot along the way and that is Kevin Pollack who keeps popping up in numerous scenes doing impeccable impressions of various famous people.
It’s quite sad that this will always be known as the final collaboration between these two comic geniuses especially since I believe their previous film was spectacular.
As they say…
Nothin’ like going out at rock bottom!!
Bottom Line – Worst of the Wilder-Pryor collaborations and just doesn’t manage to bring the laughs like the previous ones do. The story moves along a bit too slowly and the characters just aren’t as interesting as we would like them to be. The best part of this film are the times where Kevin Pollack appears doing some of his best impressions of famous people. Nothing like going out at the bottom!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – On Gilbert Gottfried’s podcast in 2016, Peter Bogdanovich describes how he and Gene Wilder didn’t get on because Bogdanovich devoted most of his time and energy to Richard Pryor who had MS. Though Bogdanovich claims the film had only been green-lit because he had got Pryor involved in first place (the studio not wanting Wilder alone), he believes Wilder successfully campaigned to have him replaced with another director. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy
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