Armed and Dangerous (1986)


“Just remember, when you pull the trigger, the bullets come out going very, very fast. So make sure to keep the weapon pointing away from you. Now that’s about it. You are now armed… guards. God help us all.” – Maggie Cavanaugh

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (Cable in the 80’s and 22 Jul 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A former policeman and a lawyer gets jobs at a security company and soon find themselves embroiled in a Union filled with crime and corruption .

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall loving as a kid when I saw it numerous time son cable.

John Candy was a great actor and he helps keep this film’s silly plot enjoyable.

Candy has great chemistry with his former SCTV pal Eugene Levy and that connection helps keep things more than bearable to watch despite the silly story.

It’s great seeing Meg Ryan in a pivotal role in this film just a few short months before her career took flight in Top Gun (1986).

The story is presented in a very strange way but they somehow are able to keep the essence of the film’s message intact with regard to showing the importance of standing up for what you believe and against corruption.

This is a film that is able to display some great comedy sequences by Candy who shines throughout and manages to kepe things enjoyable and fun despite a very lack luster plot.

Bottom Line – Fun Candy film that is quite silly. The chemistry between Candy and Levy is great and helps make this film bearable despite the terrible plot.  Great seeing Ryan in this film in a pivotal role even before her career took flight later that year. The story itself is presented in a strange way, yet they do manage to get the essence of things right in order to show the importance of standing up for what you believe. The film has some great sequences where Candy gets to shine and they work really well in keeping things fun despite the very lackluster overall plot line.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was at first going to star John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd till Belushi died. Then it was going to star Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd, then Finally John Candy And Dan Aykroyd with John Carpenter to direct. Till Aykroyd and Carpenter both finally left the movie. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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