John Leguizamo returns to HBO in this one-man stage show to examine the world's most intimate act! SEXAHOLIX is an affectionate tale of the comic's path to maturation and the women who ... See full summary »
Adapting his Drama Desk Award-winning one-man stage show, the special leads the audience on a hilarious and touching roller-coaster ride through the highs and lows of Leguizamo's personal and professional life.
John Leguizamo's semi-falsified, one-man stand-up performance as...himself. This is his autobiographical story, about his life growing up, and his journey to try to be accepted by his ... See full summary »
Two African-Americans and two Puerto-Ricans (though one pretends to be Italian) go out on the town on a Friday night. They will be forced to get to know each other, and even worst, learn to... See full summary »
A vampire in the East Village picks up women, and while having sex with them kills them and drinks their blood. Meanwhile, a young Puerto Rican guy begins searching the Village for his sister, who is one of the vampire's victims.
Peter Carter follows his girlfriend home for the weekend to meet her family, but quickly finds himself in a struggle for survival when her father drags him into a group of cohorts who will lie, cheat, steal and kill to get what they want.
PEST suffers from a lack of follow-through. With the right editing and focus, this could have been comparable to one of the early Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau movies. Here's an example of a cinematic half-measure: John Leguizamo (playing the title character) slips all the way down a staircase and tries to be nonchalant about it. The scene is shot in such a way that you only see the upper part of his body. You don't see his feet slipping. You don't see his feet even begin to slip. It's clear the shot was set up either to avoid danger to the actor or to avoid the tedium of filming the slide down the stairs. If a slapstick movie is what this team wanted to make, they could have hired a stuntman or done some trick photography. Instead, the effect is that the viewer notices that nobody actually slid down a staircase. Because the song the Pest sings in the opening credits is filled with lines from old comedies and Warner Brothers cartoons, the viewer expects the Pest to be a combination of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and any number of other forcefully comic characters. On a stage, Leguizamo controls his game. But the director of THE PEST has no comic timing and scenes which should have had a real edge are dulled. The one standout performance is by Eduordo Ballerini in a thankless role. That his character seems to have a sense of conflict is entirely Ballerini's own doing; the script and the direction don't allow the extra dimension, but he found it. His performance is the reason to watch this movie.
John Leguizamo is an actor who embraces the world, but he's playing to an audience he perceives as closed-minded. This must enrage him.
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