Doug's a concierge at a luxury hotel on Manhattan. He saves all his tips towards his plan for a hotel. A potential investor seduces the girl, Doug loves, with false promises of leaving his wife. Doug's dilemma: hotel project or girl?
Michael J. Fox,
Uncle Joe is ageing. He's also a millionaire. That's why his family is trying so very hard to get into his good books. They all want a piece of his empire. Unfortunately Uncle Joe isn't as stupid as his family thinks he is. He can see that his family is only nice to him because they want his money. Along comes Daniel McTeague, a struggling bowler, imported from another city by his family, to put an end to this ridiculous situation. The fight won't be easy, though, because the poor family has a little bit of competition - A beautiful nurse who takes care of Uncle Joe (and no doubt would love to take care of his bank account). Who gets all the money?Written by
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In the long shot of the bowling lanes they appear to be natural wood but in the close-ups, they are synthetic. See more »
She's going to get everything. That's the way these old guys are. Tough as nails, biggest son of a bitch in the world, she touches his shriveled-up little noodle, and his brains turn to frozen yogurt. She'll marry him, screw him six feet into the ground and then get everything!
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The movie opens with a lengthy black and white sequence of Jimmy Durante performing "Inka Dinka Doo" from the 1944 film Two Girls and A Sailor, while the pink credits roll. See more »
Some laughs but mainly pretty poor stuff from a talented cast
Uncle Joe is rich. And old. His nephews and nieces fully intend to have their names on the will when he dies. Joe regularly has dinner with all his family which turns into a fight as each relative attempts to undermine the others. When a young blonde, Molly, moves in with Joe, his family suspect a gold-digger and bring Joe's favourite nephew, Danny, back to get the money for the family.
This starts out as a comedy, and bits of the first half hour are funny, the first dinner is very good with plenty of fighting and smart remarks from the kids. But in the final 30 minutes it suddenly decides it wants to be a drama of sorts as everyone turns greedy, this sudden mood change is very uncomfortable and doesn't really work since everything else about it says comedy. And the ending! The ending is just stupid and can be seen coming quite easily. The comedy bits don't totally work because exploiting an old family member for money is a hard subject to make funny, the drama bits don't work because the comedy made us uncomfortable and it's handled with too much sentiment.
The performances are pretty good - Michael J Fox is ok but not as good as he has been in other things. Kirk Douglas is good but doesn't play a particularly sympathetic character and he looks a shadow of his former self and it's difficult to watch him. Of the family the late Simpson's contributor Phil Hartman is the standout and is really funny for most, Ed Begley Jnr and Olivia D'Abo both turn up but don't do anything special. Nancy Travis is good as Fox's girlfriend and she carries the film's moral core well.
The direction is nothing special and really you expect more from Jonathan Lynn who was involved in such good things as Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister. Overall this is a confused film - it's an uncomfortable comedy the longer it goes on, then it wants to be a drama and then it has a silly conclusion that makes you stop caring for any of the characters shortly before the end
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