A fearless, globe-trotting, terrorist-battling secret agent has his life turned upside down when he discovers his wife might be having an affair with a used car salesman while terrorists smuggle nuclear war heads into the United States.
Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) leads a double life. At work he is a government agent with a license to do just about anything, while at home he pretends to be a dull computer salesman. He is on the trail of stolen nuclear weapons that are in the hands of fanatic terrorists when something more important comes up. Harry finds his wife is seeing another man (Bill Paxton) because she needs some adventure in her life. Harry decides to give it to her, juggling pursuit of terrorists on one hand and an adventure for his wife on the other while showing he can Tango all at once.Written by
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The name on the door of the office which the Harrier backs into during the final aerial scene is "D. SIMPSON". This is a reference to legendary producer Don Simpson who produced the very aerial Top Gun (1986) among others. See more »
Early in the movie, when Harry is accessing the computer, which happens to be running a version of Microsoft Windows for what probably is Persian (Farsi). This language is written from right to left, just like Arabic and Hebrew. Harry types some sort of password into a pop-up window and the typical asterisks used to mask the password appear from left to right. They should have appeared from right to left. See more »
[in a conference room in their counter terrorism sector]
It's a scale really, with a perfect mission at one end and a total pooch screw at the other, and we're right about in the middle.
You're new on Harry's team, aren't you?
So what makes you think that the slack I cut him in anyway translates to you?
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What a hoot! This might be Arnie's best, even though Jamie Lee almost steals the show.
I had forgotten how funny this film is. From the very start it begins to laugh at itself and the entire genre, with great audacity. Every single scene is worth watching and I am still giggling about many of them. (Well, ok, the camera angle on the scene with terrorist-as-missile is a teensy bit overdone.)
I delayed renting it again because I remembered the Jamie-Lee-as-prostitute scene was difficult to sit through--her predicament is just so embarrassing. But this time I discovered it is probably my favorite scene. She is just a scream (and surprisingly erotic), while her underplayed klutziness throughout is hysterical, right down to the tango at the end. Especially in contrast to her husband's ridiculously effortless physical skills and unruffled cool. The only time he loses it, and hilariously so, is with Bill Paxton. (And I love that she gets her own back for Arnie's sleazy trick. A woman who packs a punch.)
Even the excellent special effects are pure humor. They are just huge enough to be ridiculous, and yet never seem overblown--and this with a nuclear explosion and a Harrier on an urban rampage. This film is a work of genius. How an action/espionage/romance spoof could deliver such outrageous tongue-in-cheek and yet never feel like corn, slap or déjà vu is a mystery to me.
I give this 8/10 for being relentlessly entertaining, at a very high level. And the acting is top notch all around.
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