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"Name's Dangerously Johnny Dangerously ." - "Did you know your last name's an adverb?" - In the last twenty years, movie parodies have become really bad wastes of time and money utilizing weak actors and exploiting out-of-work celebs, but at one time they used to be funny, hilarious and worth watching more than once. "Airplane," "Naked Gun," "Young Frankenstein," "Blazing Saddles," and "Scary Movie" top the list as among the best movie parodies ever made, but one movie that tends to get forgotten is "Johnny Dangerously." How can anyone not love this movie? It's a hilarious spoof of all the old gangster movies of the 30s and 40s, and if you've never seen them, watch this instead. It has a talented top notch cast with hilarious writing, incredible comedy and one thing modern parodies don't have: a plot!! Michael Keaton has a ball in this role as anything goes playing a young mobster suddenly at the top of the New York mob and putting his kid brother through law school, and when he makes it to city district attorney, the brother vows to arrested Johnny Dangerously, totally unaware he's the only guy unaware its his brother. Popular and recognizable comedy stars fill nearly the entire cast. Marilu Henner is Johnny's girlfriend, Richard Dimitri plays Johnny's nemesis mangling the English language every time he talks (One line concerns he ought to be arrested for murdering the English language.) and Griffin Dunn plays the clueless D.A., but my favorite role has got to be Joe Piscopo. He has all the best lines, and there are a lot of quotable references in this movie. ("You can't park here; it's a handicapped spot!" "I am handicapped. I'm psychotic!!" Just as Joe whips out his parking placard describing him as a psychopath.) There are both hilarious lines and visual sight gags through this movie, and no one anywhere close to normal. Danny DeVito, Alan Hale, Ray Walston round out the cast in this under appreciated star-studded action comedy movie that lampoons gangsters and Prohibition a heck of a lot funnier than "Mafia" ever did, and the best part, there aren't any gay jokes, drug references or sophomoric humor anywhere in this movie and the sexual references are so subtle, you can actually watch the movie without rolling your eyes and being offended.
This movie is just too funny, a totally non-PC gangster romp. If Mel Brooks made a picture about the Mob in the 30's, it would probably look like this. Too many great one-liners to to remember, and while its not for everyone, anyone who DOESNT laugh a whole bunch of times doesnt have a pulse. So, put it on and LAUGH you Iceholes!!!
For a movie that gets no respect there sure are a lot of memorable quotes listed for this gem. Imagine a movie where Joe Piscopo is actually funny! Maureen Stapleton is a scene stealer. The Moroni character is an absolute scream. Watch for Alan "The Skipper" Hale jr. as a police Sgt.
One of the first of the gangster spoof movies this is the story of Michael
Keaton's Johnny Kelly sucked into Peter Boyle's New York gang before
eventually leading it. This is confused by the fact that Johnny's brother
(Griffin Dunne) is the DA seeking to put New York's crime lords
The film is silly from start to finish - the plot doesn't make sense and the characters are overblown, but that's the whole point - it's meant to be a spoof and it is. The jokes are quite hit-and-miss, but the majority hit and are funny, although you do need to be in the mood for it.
Michael Keaton is perfect in the lead role, clearly enjoying himself immensely and is on-form for the whole movie. The whole cast provide good support in a series of fun roles - Griffin Dunne is great as the DA, Danny DeVito top in a small role as the crooked DA (or host of game show "play ball"!). Richard Dimitri is hilarious as the gangster of unknown origin, guilty of murdering the english language (fargin' funny!), Peter Boyle is good as Johnny's boss, but Joe Piscopo is the best support as the gangster with attitude ("once").
The film is a fun throwback spoof. Every element of the film is exaggerated and the majority of it comes off well. Yes some jokes miss but they come so thick and fast that the next one is never far away.
Hilarious, under rated gangster spoof about an essentially good hearted
who grows up to be Johnny Dangerously (Michael Keaton), AKA: John Shannon,
who uses his ill gotten gains to support his family - his ailing mom and
send his little brother to law school, of all places. Things get sticky
though when an old foe (Joe Piscapoe) comes after Johnny and his
(Marilu Henner) and Johnny's own brother tries to come after him as part
his mission to clean up the city.
Lots of great gags, like Johnny advising kids to chew gum instead of smoking, Johnny's jail house striped suit, the running gag of Joe Piscapoe's character saying that certain members of his family did something to him "once... ONCE.", the running gag of Johnny's brother being unable to resist the temptation of sex, and of course, the fireworks that go off whenever Johnny gets laid.
Michael Keaton had the job of not only portraying the fictional gangster Johnny Dangerously, but he had to play the role by giving his best James Cagney impression. From the Irish smile, the walk and the way he hung his gangster type hat on his head, Keaton captured the Rocky Sullivan character from the 1940's. Like Keaton's character, many of the sets the movie was shot on were taken right out of movies like Little Caesar and Public Enemy. The Club Scene is right out of Little Caesar as well as the exterior of the hotel and the downtown newspaper stands. The Mafia's office room is straight out of Little Caesar as well. An amazingly funny cast including Danny DeVito, you can't beat this comedy. A well done story with non stop comic relief with great production value and acting.
One the whole, this movie isn't perfect. It doesn't 'hang well' together as
the story line is basically a bunch of hooks to hang jokes.
Some of these jokes are a little 'too 80s' and tend to date the picture.
But some of these jokes are classic.
You know a movie has something special when you and your friends still reference silly quotes from it over 2 decades later.
Plus, there are a bunch of familiar faces; Michael Keaton, Danny Devito, Joe Piscapo, Peter Boyle, Marilu Henner, Maureen Stapleton, Bob Eubanks, Griffin Dunne, and one of the last roles of Alan Hale Jr., the Skipper from Gilligan's Island.
Also, there are some great absurdist moments, like when Johnny is labelling the puppies with a pricing gun, or the Pope making an appearance in Johnny's neighborhood. Also, the scene where the fake priest makes up a lot of words in Latin is excellent. ("Summa cum laude, magna cum laude, the radio's too louda... Post meridian, ante meridian, uncle meridian").
Other Classic Scenes include Ramone Maroney butchering the English language Danny Devito urging Griffin Dunne to 'Play Ball' Peter Boyle thinking he lost his manhood The fake VD movie
This movie is no home run. But like 'Porky's', it has enough classic comedy bits to make it memorable.
"Johnny Dangerously" is one of those movies that exists for the sole
purpose of being silly, much like "Airplane!". Michael Keaton plays
Johnny Kelly, who once became a gangster under the name Johnny
Dangerously, to pay his mother's (Maureen Stapleton) bills. His nemesis
is Danny Vermin (Joe Piscopo). After a series of mix-ups, Johnny's
brother Tommy (Griffin Dunne) becomes a marked man.
That's the plot, but you don't even need to pay attention to the plot. The whole movie is an excuse for a bunch of goofy occurrences, such as when the year is shown in the opening scene, and a car runs over the numbers, or when someone lights a cigarette and Johnny turns to the camera and reminds the children in the audience never to start smoking. My favorite character was Roman Moronie, just because of how he tried to curse and ended up saying things like "fargin' iceholes". Oh, and Alan Hale appears in one of his non-Skipper roles. In my opinion, one of the neatest lines was, after Lil (Marilu Henner) hears Johnny's name, she says: "I've never met a man whose last name was an adverb."
The jokes are obvious, the gags are corny, and the characters are walking characatures - but I couldn't stop from laughing at his highly entertaining movie. No matter how many times I see it, I still get a kick out of this one, and I recommend it highly for all lovers of mindless entertainment. It contains many quotable moments, and some of the best sight-gags I've seen to this day. If you've had a bad week and you need a chuckle, rent this one on your way home Friday night to give your weekend a good start.
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I can't remember how many times I watched it. What I do remember is
that after the first time I went to rewind it to re-watch, rather
re-enjoy, it again. And ever since, I can't get enough of it.
It's better than many of the cinematic parodies. I think it's smarter than any parody in the first place; where the whole matter shrinks into many gags and jokes about an available original. This time it's a movie of its own, and its comedy comes from spoofing a whole era of making movies, not certain ones.
This cast was unerring. For me it's Michael Keaton's comic cornerstone and the gem of the necklace. This is Joe Piscopo best work in movies; he can be enjoyably memorable if it's all about this role only. Marilu Henner never looked sexier. Peter Boyle is always a star in his supporting role. Let alone Richard Dimitri the one who played the boss of the Indian mafia in America !
It forced me to save its director's name : Amy Heckerling, and its writers' as well : Harry Colomby and Jeff Harris since the first shot with the year written on the screen to be smashed by a car after a second !
Speaking of which, some moments were truly exceptional. I still savor ironies concern with cinematic stuff that used to be made in the old days such as : the image that ripples incomprehensibly whenever there is a flashback, the fireworks that go off whenever Johnny makes love, the running gag about the newspapers' seller who doesn't stop having melodramatic accidents, or the radio that gives only the news that the drama needs! Just look at the scene in which the surprise hits all of Johnny's gang while knowing that the DA is his brother; where the camera gives us the consecutive reactions even the dead guy's, to know well the wickedness of this comedy!
Recall also how the brother got the Indian mobster by a conundrum, how the news transport or transform in jail etc. Simply hilarity, special hilarity, doesn't stop in this movie.
Did you notice how all the moral speech of the lead was just a poppycock all along since gangster Johnny is still, at the end, a pretty much gangster not a working man in a pet shop? It's a slap in the face of all the old moral movies, as if that preachment has no relation to reality and the fact is crime does pay. It is the movie's light satire and last sneer at the black and white's messages.
In maybe the fifth watching I discovered some things like : how come Johnny's mother and brother go to cinema at the night of his execution??, or how Johnny's bullet, that saved his brother from dying at the movies in the nick of time, doesn't show at all in Piscopo's body later; he was so unharmed in the next shot !!, but HEY, so was Tom the cat in Tom & Jerry's numerous movies. It is all about having a nice time, Not thinking. However even thinking with this movie can't spoil it.
Among me and my friends (Johnny Dangerously) is a classic of ours. It's a small gangster comedy; so creative, amusing and totally cartoonish. In fact it's great cartoon masquerading as live movie. It is not gross-out, aggressive or naked comedy. Believe it or not, they used to make these comedies "Once" !
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