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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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David Bar Katz:  the writer appears as the man outside the Paris Club, who says, "Parties are never "mad", they're angry." See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Pest's Chinese boss is walking him to the office phone, Pest's hair is messy and bushy, but when he turns around and into the phone booth, his hair is perfect again. See more »

Quotes

[singing]
Pest: I'm in the mood to scam, simply because I can.
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References Full Metal Jacket (1987) See more »

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The Pest (Voodoo Mambo)
Written by Dick Rudolph (as Richard Rudolph), Michael Sembello, John Leguizamo,
Romany Malco (as Rom Malco)
Produced by Dick Rudolph (as Richard Rudolph) and Michael Sembello
Performed by John Leguizamo
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When the best of the worst is the best
11 March 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What can I say about this film. Well I'd no intention of watching it when I did, before then I'd never heard of it, but sure enough on a bus trip in Eastern Europe I was going to take in the whole film.

Well there we were, myself, my wife and two other travel buds on a bus from Plovdiv to Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria. It was a route I knew well, crappy road windy hills. Not a nice journey to experience whilst still in the depths of a Mastika hangover. Still these things have to be done.

Any how this film just came up on our journey, and with a hangover it really was the funniest film I'd ever seen, although trying to watch it whilst trying not to be sick was something of a challenge. It had not helped that after a short pit stop on the way we got back on the bus last and had ended up on the worst seats, the one's at the back. So I might well just have been on a ferry crossing in rough seas. Going green doesn't't even describe it.

Any back to the film, well this stupid idiotic film came on, and bizarrely enough it was excellent. Totally carried by the sharp intensity of lead actor, yes that guy that also did the voice over for the Ice Age Sloth. I felt like I was watching Jim Carrey before Jim Carriey's time. Only this guy John Leguizamo seemed to have even more energy.

Needless to say I was constantly in stitches followed by the need for deep breaths and focus to overcome the nasty green spells.

After a night on the sauce or during, I'd highly recommend this film.

Certainly a departure from the main.


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