Richard Dreyfuss as Bobby Bartellemeo
Burt Reynolds as Joey Bats Pistella
Dan Hedaya as Mike The Brick Donatelli
Seymour Cassel as Tony Mouth Donato
Carrie-Anne Moss as Olivia
Things start to go out of control from that point on. The drug lord begins a hunt to find out who supposedly killed his father. A local stripper, who knows they did it, blackmails them into killing her stepmother. Finally, the local police detective on the case is the long lost daughter of Bobby Bartellemeo whom hes been desperately searching for. All of these situations come to a head in a funny confrontation at the end.
Miguel Sandoval as the stereotypical drug lord is absolutely hilarious in this film, too. What really makes it funny is that he KNOWS hes playing the stereotypical drug lord. He says so in the film. He does a great job trying to puzzle out that rather complex events going on.
Some of the funniest moments in the film for the stars come about as they realize just how old and uncool theyve become. Reynolds character attempts to unsuccessfully bribe his way into a club. Dreyfuss calls up a buddy and says how late it is getting at 5 p.m. They all pop an arsenal of medication periodically. Things really get interesting as we meet some of the older wiseguys.
This was a funny movie with some really memorable moments. Even the corpses got good laughs in the film.
What Didn’t Work:
And if you have a movie about old guys, you have to expect the same old jokes (no pun intended) about impotence, having to pee frequently, being old and stiff, etc. They even resorted to farting jokes which was kind of sad.
I also never really thought of Richard Dreyfuss as a mob wiseguy. However, he seems to try and make up for it by saying, Fuggeta bout it over and over and over. It gets to the point where its not only cliché, but ridiculous.
The film is so jam packed with product endorsements that youre not sure if youre watching a commercial or a movie. Theres Burger King, Naya, Diet Coke, etc etc etc. It went from being subtle to being intrusive. But I guess the fact that I remember those endorsements means they got their moneys worth.
Finally, there were generous closeups of T&A, lots of profanity, and flashing of bare breasts. I was a bit shocked to find out that the film was only rated PG-13. I would have thought it would rate an R, but it didnt. The MPAA continues to baffle me.
In short, this is a funny film worth checking out despite its numerous flaws.