“5 o’clock Christmas morning, I run downstairs and look under the tree and what do I find? Uncle Alfresco, dead on the floor, shot through the back of the head. Plus no bicycle. It was a disappointing Christmas on many levels.” – Vincent “Vinnie” Antonelli
Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 May 2020)
Brief Synopsis – An FBI agent must tend to keeping a witness safe in a small town but his job is made much harder by the fact that the witness refuses to change his ways.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about when it came out, but it seemed far too silly and therefore I avoided t completely until now.
Both Rick Moranis and Steve Martin are great actors but this film gives both of them roles that they cannot in any way thrive in.
The plot is actually quite clever but the way that they handle things here make things feel far too silly and unbelievable the whole way through.
What’s good tho is the fact that they show that both the law and criminal elements are equally unintelligent in what ever they do.
The story is a bit too cliched and nothing in the film comes across as being original and fresh enough which hurts things too much.
The movie is meant to be a comedy, but there aren’t enough funny elements that would help make the viewer laugh.
The funniest aspect of the film tho is the fact that they show how inept both sides are by having all of the previous mafia witnesses also being relocated to the same little town where they can once again be together.
None of the characters have chemistry with one another and it’s almost impossible to care about what happens to any of them along the way.
Bottom Line – Great premise that doesn’t work at all because of the fact that this is all presented in a really silly way. Martin and Moranis are both great actors, but neither of them feel cast correctly in these roles. The story itself gets far too cliched and fails to really tell us anything original here. The comedic parts are few and far between and the funniest aspect of this film is how they show that all mafia witness under protection seem to be put in the same town. The chemistry between all of the characters is pretty non-existent and it’s too hard to care about anything that happens here to any of them.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Loosely based on the life of Henry Hill, the same man who was the basis of “Goodfellas (1990),” after he went into witness protection program. The films’ respective writers, Nicholas Pileggi and Nora Ephron, are husband and wife. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)
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