Gone Fishin' (1997)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  30 May 1997 (USA)
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Two fishing fanatics get in trouble when their fishing boat gets stolen while on a trip.



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Two working-class buddies, Joe and Gus, win a contest and get a free fishing trip. When they arrive, everything goes wrong - hurricanes, stolen car, blow-ups and other catastrophes follow them. Written by Anonymous

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Even the fish are laughing!


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Rated PG for mild violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 May 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gone Fishing  »

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Box Office


$53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,784,123 (USA) (30 May 1997)


$19,736,932 (USA) (19 September 1997)

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Young Gus: Now, Joe, you shouldn't be smoking. Man, it's bad for you.
Young Joe: Rolled on the thighs of Cuban honeys. I swear, this summer's gonna be a ten.
Young Gus: Ten plus.
Young JoeYoung Gus: Borderline 11!
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No big fish caught...
7 November 2010 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Well, this is pretty much your basic slapstick goof ball comedy. You have two fairly dim-witted people who aren't too keen on their surroundings and the havoc they wreak around them, and they get into a bunch if jiffies along the way. There, that was pretty much the lay down of the general story.

Now, the performances of Pesci and Glover, are as usual, right on. They both did a good job with their roles, and the chemistry between the two worked marvelous.

There are lots of situations throughout the movie that makes you cringe your toes in awkwardness, but the movie only managed to get a couple of laughs out in me. Lots of pulling on the smiles, but not really the type of comedy that makes you cringe over and laugh so hard you have tears trickling down your cheeks.

The supporting roles were nicely filled out as well, though many of the characters in the movie were somewhat quirky.

The movie is fairly wholesome to watch and good for an entertaining evening, but I say it is hardly the type of movie you return to again a second time, unless you are a die-hard Glover or Pesci fan.

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