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The Pest (1997)

 -  Comedy  -  7 February 1997 (USA)
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A Miami con man agrees to be the human target for a Neo-Nazi manhunter, in order to collect $50,000 if he survives.

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Miami scam artist Pest Vargas is on the run from the Scottish mob and a German headhunter, the mob after 50,000 dollars, the German guy after his head. Pest dons many disguises in an attempt to evade their clutches. Written by &view=simple&sort=alpha" >Adam "Mr. Movie" Hakari <spotlite@chibardun.net>

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What kind of freakazoid would let someone hunt him just to collect $50,000? Next question.

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Rated PG-13 for crude sexual, scatalogical and ethnic humor | See all certifications »

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7 February 1997 (USA)  »

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Monello flagello  »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,817,278 (USA) (7 February 1997)

Gross:

$3,506,206 (USA) (21 March 1997)
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Trivia

David Bar Katz wrote the screenplay in three days. See more »

Goofs

After the shower, John is dancing to his closet. After he throws off his towel, the camera goes to his feet and you can see the towel is still on his body. See more »

Quotes

[singing]
Pest: I'm in the mood to scam, simply because I can.
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Spoofs I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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Touching Me
Written and Produced by Dick Rudolph (as Richard Rudolph) and Michael Sembello
Performed by U.P.F.
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It's NOT a love-it-or-hate-it film...it's neither extremely bad not extremely good.
25 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

"The Pest" has moments of mind-numbing stupidity (and at least five fart jokes too many). It's also offensive in its homophobic attitude, and its anti-German sentiments are so strong that you would think the script was written in 1940. But it still is a very easy film to watch, because it looks slick, it moves fast, and it has one hell of a driving music beat to it. It also has some hints of surrealism (the "dueling car stereos" scene), and does make you laugh a couple of times: not so much with Leguizamo's "impressions" (which are mostly awful), but at other, rather unexpected moments (the "Stop repeating what I'm saying! I mean it!" scene). I'd say it generally makes you laugh more often than many other comedies that have a higher reputation. (**1/2)


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