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Men at Work (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  24 August 1990 (USA)
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Carl and James are two pleasant but unambitious garbage men. Carl has a telescope with which he observes his neighbors. One evening he sees a man giving a female neighbor a hard time. As ... See full summary »

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Carl and James are two pleasant but unambitious garbage men. Carl has a telescope with which he observes his neighbors. One evening he sees a man giving a female neighbor a hard time. As she leaves he shoots the man with a pellet gun. Hiding, he and James miss two men strangling the man and leaving with the body. When he appears in a can on their route they are afraid and hide the body, fearing that they may be implicated in the death. Trying to crack the case, they spy on the woman, join up with a slightly to majorly crazed Vietnam vet, kidnap a pizza man and help to protect the ecology. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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24 August 1990 (USA)  »

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Dos chalados y un fiambre  »

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$16,247,964 (USA)
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The restaurant where Carl and James eat lunch is called Good Stuff. There are three locations in the Los Angeles area - they filmed at the location in Hermosa Beach on The Strand, which James mentions during lunch as a desired location for the surf shop he and Carl dream of opening. See more »

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When Carl and James are eating lunch Carl's (Charlie Sheen), bottle of Budweiser rotates between camera shots to always have the top red label 'Bud' towards the the camera without being touched. See more »

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[first lines]
Jack Berger: I can't support this activity any longer, Max.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Charlie Sheen/Nelly Furtado (2001) See more »

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GIVE A LITTLE LOVE
Performed by Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers
Written by Diane Warren and Albert Hammond
Publisher Warner/Chappell, Realsongs and BMG Songs
Courtesy of EMI Records
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23 January 2004 | by (Glenfinnan) – See all my reviews

A very funny film, which most people who saw it when it first hit video stores will agree. Watching it years later it holds up very well indeed, Emilio and Charlie as Carl and James, are clearly having great fun working together and this chemistry heightens the comedy. Our 2 favourite binmen (garbage men)go about their job with a relaxed attitude to working and ultimately pursue their dreams of running a surf shop. A personal favourite moment is when they answer trivial pursuit questions with comedy responses before answering correctly, proving both wit and intelligence. After apparently accidently executing a women hitting politician all hell breaks loose and the hilarity ensues.

The montage scenes are great, flying dustbin lids etc, and the other characters are funny, comedy mafia goons, rival binmen, a shouty boss, a meek pizza delivery boy and the obligatory vietnam vet providing laughs as their loco supervisor. They don't make montage scenes like they used. The dream of a sequel still lives on, if you will it it is no dream.


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