Kuffs (1992)


“[George talking to a suicidal jumper] Hey, a**hole! Yes, you. Look, if you’re gonna jump, jump. Otherwise, use the bridge like everyone else. You’re screwin’ up traffic down there.” – George Kuffs

Number of Times Seen – Twice (Theater in ’92 and 12 May 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A down on his luck high school dropout tries to find his pah in life and turns to his policeman brother for help who in turn offers him to opportunity to become a policeman just like him.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing in the theater when it came out 27 years ago and have avoided rewatching ever since due the fact that I did’t recall it being any good.

Boy, was I right.

This is a movie with a pretty silly and paper thin plot that doesn’t work at all since it is presented really poorly.

Christian Slater is fine in the lead yet it’s quite hard to take his character seriously because the tone is trying too much to be an action comedy despite things not being very funny.

The characters are all very under developed and they all seem like stereotypes which makes it even more difficult to care about any of them or what will happen.

The villains are all very one dimensional and lack any kind of menacing or threatening appeal to them along with feeling quite uninteresting to watch.

The best part of this film is the use of Bruce Boxleitner in a small yet significant part, but even that isn’t enough to make this film enjoyable.

Bottom Line – Somewhat silly premise that doesn’t work well enough because it is all presented in a strange way. Slater is fine in the lead but it’s so hard to take him and the story seriously largely due to the tone of the film.  The characters all seem very stereotypical and none of them are developed well enough for us to care about what will happen. The bad guys are all one dimensional which makes them uninteresting to watch and more importantly not menacing or threatening at all. The brightest spot in this film is Boxleitner, but he isn’t utilized enough.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The script was written specifically for Christian Slater in mind for the title role. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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2 thoughts on “Kuffs (1992)

  1. Not sure the script was written specifically for Christian Slater (wouldn’t be surprised given the tone/attitude of his character and the wise-cracking, 4th wall breaking bits he did). I only say that because Ray and Bruce – who co-wrote, produced and directed the film (Bruce’s first foray into directing… maybe only) are friends of mine and I was working with them (as producers) on a project of mine (another action film I wrote. No comedy. Strictly action) back when they made this movie. As a matter of fact, they invited me to the location (in Santa Monica) when they were going to blow up the Corvette. Fun to watch. I met Christian and Milla and a couple others in the cast (one of whom is now playing a cop again – in “Brooklyn Nine Nine”) and they named a character after me (a banker who comes to Christian’s apartment…). Ray and Bruce are the same team who wrote (and were Oscar-nominated for) the screenplay for “Stand By Me”.

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