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Men at Work (1990)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 24 August 1990 (USA)
Two garbage men uncover a conspiracy involving illegal toxic waste dumping and decide to bring the whole operation down.

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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,184,311, 26 August 1990, Wide Release

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$16,247,964
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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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In his office, Maxwell has an odd looking map showing current daytime in the world in the form of a light source. According to that map, it's daytime in California but when it cuts back and forth to the hitmen he is talking with on the phone, it clearly is nighttime.

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[first lines]
Jack Berger: I can't support this activity any longer, Max.
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During the credits, a radio host is heard accepting a call from a woman who complains that her pizza deliveryman boyfriend (likely Pizza Man) didn't return home the previous night and she fears he may be cheating. The host tells her to "dump the dude." See more »

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References Rear Window (1954) See more »

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HERE AND BEYOND
Performed by Sly & Robbie (as Sly and Robbie)
Written by Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar (as Sly Dunbar) and Robbie Lynn
Publisher Island Music, Inc./IXAT Music
Courtesy of RAS Records
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A Guilty Pleasure At Its Finest
29 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

This little known movie written and directed by Emilio Estevez is near the top of my all time movie guilty pleasures list.

Estevez and Charlie Sheen play two garbagemen who stumble upon a plan by Maxwell Potterdam III (John Getz) that involves dumping hazardous waste into nearby harbors, thus destroying the underwater environment in their area. The city councilmen is also involved in this scheme.

However, this is all a loose plot for the hilarious shenanigans that ensue with Carl and James (Sheen and Estevez), their "observer", Louis (Keith David), and a couple of unlucky cops.

Keith David comes close to stealing the show from Estevez and Sheen with his character of Louis, a Vietnam vet who still suffers from a bit of shellshock. He sees everything through the eyes of war, and this makes for some hilarious sequences, particularly when the friendly pizza delivery man is kidnapped.

All in all, this is mindless, but funny entertainment. It is funnier than 90% of the comedies made these days, and many have never seen or heard of this film.

It should be noted that the VHS tape is out of print (although Amazon.com did release it as an "Amazon Exclusive", but it is now on special order). It can still be found at some rental locations, but has also yet to be released on DVD (I believe MGM has the rights to the film, but I'm not positive). Here's to hoping we see a DVD sometime soon!

Grade: A


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