The Pest (1997)

PG-13  |   |  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 <>

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



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

7 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Monello flagello  »

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Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song that Pest sings during the opening sequence is an adaptation of "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugar Hill Gang. See more »


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 »


[Pest and Angus speak over telephone]
Angus: You'd show more respect if we were the Italian mob.
Pest: Oh, please. Don't start that again.
Angus: Just because we're Scottish people don't take us seriously
[Pest burps into mouthpiece]
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References Gilligan's Island (1964) See more »


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Another Movie You Either Like or Dislike
28 January 2004 | by (Las Vegas, NV) – See all my reviews

This is a comedy spoof of Van Damme's 'Hard Target' and Ice-T's 'Surviving The Game'. It takes an ethnic con-artist and gives him a chance to win $50,000 if he makes it to the end of the race. The twist the plot follows is someone is hunting him for sport. Once this is realized by our main character, he's got to find a way to stop this and save his own life at the same time.

Using John Leguizamo as the main character offers a bit of crude slapstick comedy that does present very funny episodes during the movie. For some the plot slows down and the rugged humor is a little too childish. What would you expect from a spoof? We're not trying to recreate a cinematic masterpiece in all seriousness, but the point is well argued that there could have been more development in the script and screenplay.

The cast was well chosen for the picture and this is definitely something for the college cult classic movie watchers to incorporate in to their stash as the years go by for good laughs and an occasional throw pillow moment. The picture is truly not for those who don't enjoy simple humor antics that parody childish home behavior.

This movie is definitely worth renting once or twice for viewing with a good crowd of friends.

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