Brewster is a minor league baseball player. Unknown to him, he had a (recently deceased) rich relative. In order to test if Brewster knows the value of money, he is given the task of disposing of $30m in 30 days. Brewster isn't allowed to have any assets to show for the $30m or waste the money in any way. If successful, Brewster gets to inherit $300m. The biggest problem of all however, is that Brewster can't tell anyone what he's doing, so everyone thinks he's crazy. Add to this the fact that if he fails, two scheming trustees will get their hands on the money, Brewster's task is not an easy one. Written by
The film's opening prologue states: "This is the story of Montgomery Brewster, a relief pitcher in the minor leagues of life, who got handed the American Dream . . . on a very hot plate". See more »
In the opening baseball scene when Brewster is facing Rudy, he is wearing a batting helmet with ear covers over both ears indicating he is a switch hitter. When facing Brewster, a right handed pitcher, he is batting right handed instead of left handed which would have been to his advantage. However, as with even lower levels of play, in the minor leagues there is certainly not always the luxury of having a single-flapped helmet for each batter and often non-switch-hitters end up wearing two-flap helmets as well since those type are often the ones carried most by teams since they can be used for right-handed or left-handed batters. See more »
Gentlemen, do you think I'm a lowlife?
Oh no, Mr. Brewster. Not with these clothes.
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You can imagine that any movie that stars Richard Pryor and John Candy must be a funny one, and this definitely qualifies.
The plot is disarmingly (and misleadingly) simple. Montgomery Brewster (Pryor) stands to inherit a $300 million fortune from a long lost uncle (played by Hume Cronyn), whose will is videotaped. The catch? To get the money, Brewster must first spend $30 million in 30 days. An additional catch? After spending the $30 million in 30 days, Monty still isn't allowed to own anything. At first I still didn't think there would be that great a challenge, but in fact, as Monty discovers, it's hard to spend $30 million without actually purchasing anything of lasting value.
The movie progresses through Monty's spending spree on hotel rooms, parties, employees, the minor league baseball team he played for and finally his campaign to NOT be elected mayor. Other candidates spend millions to get elected; why not spend millions to convince people not to elect you? It's also interesting to see the reactions of his friends (especially Candy) to his squanderings, because another condition to the will is that he can't tell anyone what's going on.
It's really quite a lot of fun, and Pryor and Candy together make it worth watching.
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