As Carl Black gets the opportunity to move his family out of Chicago in hope of a better life, their arrival in Beverly Hills is timed with that city's annual purge, where all crime is legal for twelve hours.
Kevin Franklin is a con man whose mouth is bigger than him, but it doesn't help him much when he's in with the mob for $50,000. Trying to avoid a gambling addict boss, and his two stupid henchmen, Kevin poses as a childhood friend to Gary Young, a workaholic father whose own life is in turmoil in an affluent Pennsylvania suburb.Written by
John Candy first choice to play Kevin Franklin, but he died before filming began. See more »
When Kevin is chased by the bad guys, he is carrying a McDonald's paper bag, which gets crumpled and creased during the journey. But once Kevin gets into Gary's car and throws the bag down, it is creaseless. See more »
Sinbad and Phil Hartman sing several food-themed parodies over the credits with music and a chorus in the background. Phil Hartman uses the name "Sinbad" during these songs instead of either of the character's names from the movie. See more »
Not smart, but some funny and fun scenes thanks to Sinbad's comic work.
The plot is formulaic, the characters are trite. Even worse, the characters are all negative stereotypes without any parody with which to lampoon them. As such, the movie is nearer to a Saturday morning cartoon than to National Lampoon. It is not smart. Still, much of Sinbad's comic delivery is fun, I'll admit! His "award-acceptance" monologue near the beginning I find hilarious. I can picture a golden age icon like young Mickey Rooney or Jimmy Stewart doing the same scene with a zany innocence... but Sinbad is a comic for our times and because of the edginess of his character (who was set up to look like a petty criminal) that scene couldn't have been more funny. I also enjoy the tooth-removal sequence. It's comedy worthy of Jerry Lewis or Lucille Ball, and that the entire film is really a build up to that scene makes it forgivable. I watched it because mistaken/hidden identity stories are often funny... and I watch any and every movie with Jeffrey Jones.
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