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If you like Dana Carvey, you'll dig this movie. If you don't, well, then it's pretty lame. But as a vehicle for Mr. Carvey, this story of a con-man weasling his way into an affluent family in order to fleece them, only to fall in love with their daughter, it's even better than it needed to be. The lines and scenes are all pretty good, if not somewhat non-offensive and restrained. The county club lunch with the old couple is classic and Carvey is about as charming as he gets. The wine ordering scene and the expression on his face when he finally takes a sip of the Chateau Lafite is practically worth the price of admission alone. "Hey Milt, think he's gonna come by and burp me after lunch?" Robert Loggia is also excellent as the successful but down-to-Earth CEO who is charmed by Dana's rough edges. Corny, predictable, and yet a totally worthwhile way to spend two hours with one of SNL's favorite sons.
I'm the first to be skeptical of any movie like this. In fact, most
movies I watch these days involves at least one visit to IMDb.COM
first. But some movies, no matter how accurately they may be reviewed
for technical merits just can't review the sentimental or personal
value they may have to you. This is one of them. Oh, trust me - I've
watched my share of movies like this that have left me more than high
and dry - but this one is different (at least for me). I've always felt
Dana Carvey was a special comedian and has never reached his full
potential as an actor. However poor the writing, or perhaps his acting,
the movie is engaging enough to keep this harden skeptic enthralled for
greater than 90mins. That's saying a lot.
This movie will surely not go down in history as a one of the 'greats' of comedy - but is well worth an evening if you're just looking for something funny, heart-touching and romantic.
Eddie (Dana Carvey) is a small time conman in Chicago. He and his partner get in a little over their heads, however, when they take/borrow a car that belongs to the top dog crook in the city. On the lam, Eddie gives himself a new identity when he poses as an ace businessman for a firm that markets hand blow dryers. In his pretend role, he meets Annie (Julia Campbell), the daughter of the firm's president. Is it love or is he just after her family's money? Will Eddie be found out? Dana Carvey makes this movie something special. His performance is highly amusing, of course, but he also displays a talent for the dramatic elements of the film. The rest of the cast prove themselves to be quite capable of supporting Carvey's hijinks and Campbell makes a beautiful love interest. The Chicago scenery and the lovely costumes add nicely to the movie's enjoyment, too. For the many romcom fans across the globe, this one should be added to a must-see list. Those who appreciate the laudable talents of Carvey will not want to bypass this one, either.
This movie is great, it is at very easy reach on my DVD shelf as I
always find myself scanning chapters for the funny parts. It is one of
those weekend afternoon flicks or funny late night movie when you just
want a good chuckle. This was never meant to be an Oscar winning movie
so don't expect that from this flick simply sit and enjoy.
If you like other Dana Carvey's movies this is a must see for you. Dana does a very good job in this movie, I would say much better then The Master of Disguise. You would enjoy all of the skits and impressions that Dana is able to pull off.
Great movie if you don't want to buy it thats fine but this is a something you must at least rent once.
opportunity knocks is very funny. the first time i saw this movie back in 1990 or maybe early 1991 i didn't really like it that much. but then i saw it again in 1997 or early 1998. i loved it. i guess i couldn't understand this movie when i first saw it.i was only 8 or 9 when i first saw it.but now i understand it very well.all the jokes i get.it's carvey's best movie! it's very funny.it has a great plot to it.just all around great.i give this movie ***1/2 out of ****
Dana Carvey is one of the last great actors who came from Saturday Night Live. There are now only about 2 or 3 that are worth seeing their movies. This is classic of Carvey. It kept me laughing all the way through even though they tried to make it a sappy romance at one point. The cons were funny and so was his character. If you like seeing Carvey then this film is for you. If you don't I would suggest watching something different or some old SNL to see what he is like. Good movie all around I believe though.
Opportunity Knocks has Dana Carvey and Todd Graff as a pair of small
time grifters who steal a car from loan shark James Tolkan and strip it
and junk it. Trouble is that neither of these two lunkheads bothered to
look in the trunk where $60,000.00 of Tolkan's collection money is.
Needless to say that's got Tolkan upset and he's after these two.
Who take place in a house that looks closed up. But by checking the answering machine find out that the owner has gone to India for three months and the fellow who is supposed to house sit has gotten a sudden job offer and he's blown town. What a perfect hideout.
But then parents Robert Loggia and Sally Belack show up of the owner and Carvey who is alone pretends he's the housesitter and they invite him to lunch at their club. Where Carvey meets Julie Campbell who is their daughter and a doctor. It's the dream of every red blooded American to meet and marry a man/woman of medicine.
The reformed conman is a plot device that's been done quite a lot in film, in one case set to music in The Music Man. But Opportunity Knocks goes way over the top here. Carvey and Graff should have taken their losses and run with a little bit of getaway cash they have courtesy of Loggia. What happens after Carvey gets that out of Loggia is too too absurd.
"Opportunity Knocks" is very much a movie of its time. Apart from the
fact that it stars then-hot Saturday Night Live star Dana Carvey, it
has the general feel of an 80's comedy (though it was actually released
early in 1990).
Carvey plays a struggling con-man who charms his way into the lives of an upper class family after they mistake him for a friend of their son. He soon hits it off with both the businessman father (Robert Loggia) and the reserved daughter (Julia Campbell), though his growing attachment is destined to end in the exposure of his deception. To make matters worse, he's got a dangerous loan shark hounding him for $60,000 that he doesn't have.
The acting is mostly decent but certainly nothing to write home about. Carvey gets ample opportunity to showcase his varied comedic skills, though he could have used some better writing to work with. Robert Loggia & Julia Campbell both do well in their respective roles but the rest of the cast is unremarkable at best and below par at worst.
Donald Petrie's direction is capable but not particularly memorable. He's actually directed a few above average rom-coms in his career but this one isn't one of them. The soundtrack includes a couple of good selections but these are overshadowed by some dated music and an embarrassing karaoke rendition of "Born to be Wild".
Ultimately, "Opportunity Knocks" is a passable time-waster but it too often strays into cliché and unbelievability. Even as a Dana Carvey vehicle, it pales next to the "Wayne's World" movies which were yet to come.
While this is not by far one of the greatest movies ever made but it is a very underrated movie. it has great acting a good story many many funny moments in it and it is still very good after repeated views if you are looking for a god funny not very known movie that stars Dana Carvey i highly suggest it. it is also a very good movie for anyone that lives in Chicago. there are a lot of good sight seeing scenes in it like the Wrigley field scene which is also one of the funniest scenes in the movie. this movie is Dana Carvey at his funniest when he is solo while there are many more funny movies where he has a major actor comedian along with(Wayne's world) this is him pure and on his own. it also shows that he can kinda sing too
So, okay, not the greatest thing ever made, but then what is? And don't say Gone With the Wind because we all know you really mean Monty Python and the Holy Grail. So, Dana Carvey, talented mimic and funny-face, takes on a stick of a girlfriend and her parents, who were well-acted and enjoyably portrayed by two people I can't recall the names of. And you get to laugh if you like Carvey, and you probably won't like it at all if you don't, because it's his spirit behind it all. I don't know. I like it, but then, I like Dana Carvey, too, so what can I say?
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