movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] Carolyn had seen this a bunch growing up, but I hadn’t. Or rather, I’d seen about 2 minutes of it, but refused to continue, because I only watch movies in their entirety.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Peeping tom garbage man endangers life of local woman by involving her in organized crime plot.

PEOPLE: Written and directed by Emilio Estevez (who I haven’t seen a movie of since Repo Man and Maximum Overdrive). Starring Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, and Keith David (Goliath from Gargoyles). The female lead is played by Leslie Hope — Jack Baeur’s wife Teri from 24, Season 1. Didn’t recognize her with 80’s hair. She looks much better with real hair, even 80’s hair. Pizza guy is played by Dean Cameron (we saw him in Sleep With Me, which might explain why he looked familiar). Bad guy played by John Getz (The Social Network, The Fly, Blood Simple, Superhero Movie).

Keith David in a comedy? It’d be great to overdub him talking about how he doesn’t value life, and would have snapped that guy’s neck like a twig in a second before he even knew it — over some Gargoyles video footage.

QUIRKS: Comedy caper with 2 bumbling surfer-dude garbagemen as the main 2 characters. Keith David should really get equal credit, though.

SOUNDTRACK: Not quite as horribly horrible as most.

Emilio Estevez’s locker has a Circle Jerks (and Pink Floyd) sticker on it. Apparently, the Circle Jerks starred with him in Repo Man. WHY DON’T I REMEMBER THIS? I love the Circle Jerks Greatest Hits album!!!!

MORALS: No, not really.

POLITICS: Toxic waste is bad! Stand up for the environment!

GOOD STUFF: Pretty feelgood. A wacky caper. Several elements coming together for an unpredictable adventure.

BAD STUFF: The jokes could have been funnier. There were also a couple of glaring plot holes that were a bit hard to swallow.

CONCLUSION: A decent 80’s feelgood adventure-comedy caper. A fun watch, but by no means a masterpiece.

Clint: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10. Seems like she had a nostalgia bonus. :)

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 5.5/10, Netflix: 3.3/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 2.9/5 stars–oddly lower).

RECOMMENDATION: Worth checking out.


James: What an absolutely beautiful day. Warm Sun, beautiful women…
Carl: And the air… is just right… for drinking.

Louis (Keith David): There are several sacred things in this world that you don’t *ever* mess with. One of them happens to be another man’s fries. Now, you remember that, and you will live a long and healthy life.

COINCIDENCES: **(Toxic Crusaders:Invasion Of The Biddy Snatchers, Men At Work) 2 videos in the same night with people having their boss appoint someone to watch them do their jobs against their will, also with plots that could not exist without toxic waste.

Mood: headachey
Music: Atari Teenage Riot – Western Decay