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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ninja (as Freddy Rodriguez)
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Yau-Gene Chan ...
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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 »


When Pest is at Zantha's house his tracking device placed on his person heats up and shorts out due to moisture, yet after escaping on the boat with Himmel, Pest swims to shore/the pool party and then at the pool party swims in the pool. See more »


Pest: Later, masturbator.
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Spoofs I Dream of Jeannie (1965) See more »


Oye Querido
Written and Produced by Dick Rudolph (as Richard Rudolph) and Michael Sembello
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Should Have Been Sharper
28 March 2003 | by (Huntington, NY) – See all my reviews

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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