Unseen: GOOD TIMES; THE BIRTHDAY PARTY; THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY'S; C.A.T. SQUAD; C.A.T. SQUAD: PYTHON WOLF; JAILBREAKERS; THE HUNTED;…
Deal of the Century
Arms dealers from several companies vie to sell the most expensive and highest tech weapons to a South American dictator. There are complications; understanding the exact nature of how 'gifts' are used to grease the wheels of a sale, a religious conversion from one of the salesman and a romance that begins to grow between two competitors.
This movie was all over the place. Was it a comedy or was it mocking arms deals? I thought it failed at both.
The three leads are okay, but Weaver isn't in this very much and Chase appears to just be playing a non-funny Fletch.
The only good scene is when Hines get into it with a couple after a fender bender.
And that ending with Hines going all rogue....what was up with that?
Really bad movie.
This is just garbage business. The film longs to be a Dr. Strangelove-esque satire, but it feels so weightless. At the very least Sigourney Weaver manages to look like she's having a good time.
This was terrible.
Okay, look at the cover art. Look at it again. Exactly.
While the film plainly expects its brand of send-up to be shrewd and slashing, it never takes any of it very far at all. Most frequently, the calculated gags seem too solemn. Not even Chevy Chase's peddling of military wares is ever very funny, though a booby-trapped urinal is clearly intended to be. Yes, Chevy Chase. And Wallace Shawn and Richard Libertini, all hilarious people. But no one concerned appears to have had any clue where the film's tone should've been pitched. The humor varies from the relatively keen to the dumb to the utterly absent.
'It's a piece of shit', Chevy Chase.
A movie that has flashes of brilliance, but never quite finds its feet. Still worth a watch.
Watched this for the first time in almost 30 years. An ambitious satire that doesn't quite gel, but gets points for effort. A nice change-of-pace performance from Chevy Chase.
At best it's interesting to see what a Chevy Chase comedy directed by William Friedkin looks like, at worst a overly serious political message movie. I laughed very little.
Overall I felt it got weighed down by its own self-seriousness.
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