Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Apr 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A group of cab drivers working for a rundown company try to change their outward appearance in order to become a more popular company that can receive better and lucrative fares.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about years ago when it was on cable, but only saw bits and pieces of it without really caring about the whole thing.
This is actually quite silly a film even if it does have some fun antics and pranks played by the characters.
Unfortunately, there are many more jokes here that fail than the ones that work well and make the viewer laugh or even emit a chuckle.
I was a bit surprised at how many talented actors appear in this film long before they became more successful and it’s fun seeing Mr. T., Bill Maher, Max Gail, Adam Baldwin, Marsha Warfield, Paul Rodriguez and Gary Busey in very stereotypical roles.
Each of these characters are able to be used for laughs once or twice along the way, but they all lose much of their appeal quite quickly along the way.
The gimmick of using Irene Cara is also fun to watch unfold and (spoiler alert), the fact that she appears and sings helps the film slightly.
Bottom Line – Pretty silly film that has more jokes that fail than ones that work. The cast is actually quite talented and it’s fun seeing some now famous actors in this film. The fact that Busey, Warfield, Baldwin, Rodriguez, Gail, Maher and Mr. T. appear here might give potential viewers the wrong impression because they might actually think this film has something humorous to say; which unfortunately it does not. Many of the characters are written very stereotypical which works for laughs once or twice, but looses its appeal quite quickly. The gimmick of using Irene Cara as a focus of one of the characters works well as we get to see things play out.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jim Carrey auditioned for the film. Director Joel Schumacher turned him down because he felt Carrey was too talented to be in an ensemble. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)
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