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Suburban Commando (1991)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy, Family  |  4 October 1991 (USA)
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Shep Ramsey is an interstellar hero, righting wrongs, etc. His ship is damaged after a fight with an interstellar nasty and he must hide out on Earth until it can recharge. He leaves his ... See full summary »

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Adrian Beltz
William Ball ...
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Jo Ann Dearing ...
Margie Tanen
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Col. Dustin 'Dusty' McHowell
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Zanuck
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Knuckles
Michael Faustino ...
Mark Wilcox
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Laura Mooney ...
Theresa Wilcox
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Luis Contreras ...
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Nick Eldredge ...
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Shep Ramsey is an interstellar hero, righting wrongs, etc. His ship is damaged after a fight with an interstellar nasty and he must hide out on Earth until it can recharge. He leaves his power suit at home, but still finds himself unable to allow wrongs to go unrighted and so mixes it up with bad drivers, offensive paperboys, muggers and the like. Then the family he's staying with finds his power suit and the father tries it on. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The Wilcoxes were having some problems around the neighborhood... until the ultimate security system landed in their backyard. See more »


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Urban Commando  »

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$6,948,859 (USA)
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When Shep contacts Zanuck when Zanuck orders Shep to go to Earth and take a 6 week holiday. Shep, on asking Zanuck for another mission and suggesting that he goes on a bug hunt with creatures that bleeds acid was written as an obvious nod to "Alien" which was about a deadly extra terrestrial creature that has acid for blood. See more »

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The game Ramsey and the kid play in the arcade is Afterburner, a jet combat game that contains no aliens, phasers, photons, anyone named Dragos or anything science fiction related. See more »

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Col. Dustin 'Dusty' McHowell: [after Charlie nearly gets run over by the punks in the Camaro] Weak strategy Wilcox! Should've opened the door wider, always deal from strength!
Charlie Wilcox: They would've ripped the door off Colonel!
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Black Book
Written by Chip and Tony Kinman
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Harmless, painless formula movie, with a handful of solid gags
5 April 2001 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

It's a peculiar badge of cinematic honour to be the least-worst Hulk Hogan movie of all time. Hulk plays some sort of super-powerful alien who, in coming to Earth on whatever Universe-saving mission he's on, becomes involved with a suburban US family.

Such fun as the movie has is in the alien's attempts to deal with the frustrations, annoyances and rules of suburban life. The pleasant surprise for those who come to "Suburban Commando" without unsustainable expectations of seeing anything remotely resembling a classic is that this material - Superhero Hulkster dealing with normal suburban irritations - is pretty well-handled, with a few big, satisfying laughs, and not without an element of satire.

Whether it's the director or whoever, someone babied Hogan through this one, since the film plays to his strengths (ie he coasts on the natural screen charisma that made him a star in pro wrestling), and avoids his weaknesses (ie acting) that are copiously evident in other Hogan movies.

Otherwise, the remedial comic book plot tends to take over, which is endurable but no particular fun, and Christopher Lloyd has one of his bad days at the office as the suburban family's father. Wrestling fans shouldn't struggle to spot Mark Calloway (aka the WWF's Undertaker) and might even pick up Hogan's high school buddy Ed Leslie (Brutus Beefcake).

Most of the good stuff's in the first half hour or so, from memory. If you're partial to some simple but effective comedy on the theme of familiar irritants in suburban life, you might get a rise out of at least that much of the movie. For what it is, "Suburban Commando" is ok.


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