Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Mar 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A gangster trying to go straight has his life turned upside down on the morning of the day he wants to go legit.
My Take on it – This is a film that I had heard about many years ago, but never gave it much thought since I assumed it would be terrible because Sylvester Stallone isn’t a comedian.
A colleague at work suggested I watch it and I decided to take up her challenge.
Boy was I surprised at how much fun this film is.
They take the idea of a comedy of errors and take it to a great new level that has an end result that comes across hilariously.
The use of Prohibition and the genre of gangsters is a great premise for this kind of story and it helps keep things interesting and enjoyable the whole time.
Stallone is actually great in this film and actually proves that he can play a comedian if the script is done right and doesn’t always need to just rely on his muscles to make a good film.
In addition to Stallone, the supporting cast is quite good with Marisa Tomei and Chazz Palminteri standing out among them all.
Bottom Line – Hilarious comedy of errors that works so well. The use of the days of Prohibition and the genre of gangsters was a great choice for the theme because it keeps things so interesting the entire time. Stallone is great in the lead and proves that he can do comedy well and doesn’t need to only rely on his action skills to give us a fun film to watch. The supporting cast works quite well also with Tomei and Palminteri standing out among them. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1991 which went to Kirk Douglas, Sylvester Stallone in his tribute to Douglas recalled the filming of the scene where he hits Stallone in the face. After a swing and miss, Stallone jokingly told Douglas to slap him hard. “Let me have your best”, whereupon Douglas proceeded to beat Stallone silly. Stallone said “I learned the hard way: never spar with Spartacus”. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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