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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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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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When James and Carl (Estevez & Sheen) are running after the flat bed truck with the hazardous drums, James is seen carrying the BB gun. When both characters jump on the back of the truck the BB gun is gone. The next image the BB gun is slung over James' shoulder. See more »

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[first lines]
Jack Berger: I can't support this activity any longer, Max.
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Spoofs Rear Window (1954) See more »

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BIG PINK HOUSE
Performed by Tyrants in Therapy
Written by Michael Jay and Terry Shaddick
Publisher Terry Shaddick Music, Tyranny Ink Music and Von Gogh's Ear Music
Courtesy of TSR Records
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A Classic for all the Wrong Reasons
13 September 2000 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

Are you looking for perfectly structured Mise-en-Scene? How about eloquent dialogue and acting?? No? Neither am I when I sit down and watch a comedy about two looser garbage men played by the Estevez brothers. This flick is what it is, and in that respect, it's amazing. Sure, the last 25mins are total garbage, but what comes before has me and my friends rolling on the floor in hysterics. Here's these two idiots, they seem to have no friends besides themselves, and their relations with women appear to consist of the odd peep into their windows or occasional stalking. They suck at their job, and have the local cops hating them for what appears to be a variety of reasons we are not privy to. What flows within this basic framework is a ridiculous 'adventure' in which the boys attempt to solve a local crime and avoid a murder rap by dragging a dead body around ala 'Weekend at Bernie's". Add to the mix the always amazing Keith David, playing an insane Vietnam vet who is charged with monitoring their activities on the job, but only ends up being crazier than the ?Sheens? ever could be ("Never, EVER, touch another man's fries"). The antics reach a fever pitch when David's character kidnaps the Pizza Boy played by that dude who played 'Chainsaw" in "Summer School". Eventually the dead body dons a Nixon mask, and the traditional "we couldn't think of a funny ending, so here's some lame action sequence" ensues (See "D.C. Cab). I usually stop the film here. You don't need to finish 'Men at Work' to love it. The pratical jokes, the memories of Da-Nang, and of course the infamous Pellet gun, make the first hour worth every minute. A comedy classic ... at least I think so.


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