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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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Two garbagemen who know when something smells funny! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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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 screenplay for this movie was mentioned in the same June 1985 "New York Magazine" article about Emilio Estevez and his then-frequent costars that coined the term "The Brat Pack" for that group of actors. At that time, the screenplay's title was "Clear Intent." See more »

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In the final scene, the bad guys are off-loading 55-gallon drums of toxic waste from trucks and rolling them down a hill into a lake. However, once the drums land in the water they float, which indicates that the drums are empty. See more »

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[first lines]
Jack Berger: I can't support this activity any longer, Max.
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References Repo Man (1984) See more »

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MOVE SOMETHING
Performed by 2 Live Crew
Written by Luther Campbell, Brother Marquis (as Mark Ross), Mr. Mixx (as David Hobbs) and Fresh Kid Ice (as Chris Wong Won)
Publisher Pac Jam Publishing
Courtesy of Skyywalker 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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