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My 5 Wives (2000)

Monte Peterson, a rich real-estate developer, is going through his third divorce. His friend Ray has found a good site for a ski resort in Utah, and Monte comes to bid on the land, ... See full summary »

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Sidney J. Furie
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rodney Dangerfield ... Monte Peterson
Andrew Dice Clay ... Tony Morano
John Byner ... Preston Gates
Molly Shannon ... Barbara Van Dyke
Jerry Stiller ... Don Giovanni
John Pinette ... Stewart
Rob deLeeuw ... Shuffles (as Rob Deleeuw)
Fred Keating ... Ray
Jud Tylor ... Stephanie (as Judy Tylor)
Angelika Libera ... Emily (as Angelika Baran)
Kate Luyben ... Virginia
Emmanuelle Vaugier ... Sarah
Anita Brown ... Megan
Karin Konoval ... Janet
Brandy Ledford ... Blanche
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Monte Peterson, a rich real-estate developer, is going through his third divorce. His friend Ray has found a good site for a ski resort in Utah, and Monte comes to bid on the land, competing with local banker Preston Gates. Monte knew that, in order to take possession of the land, he would have to convert to the local religion, a sort of cross between Mormonism and Amish (no smoking, no drinking, bigamy and simple living/dressing encouraged). What he didn't know was that the deed to the land also included the three wives of the deceased former owner. He also buys another plot, and the two wives that come with it, in part because they are much better cooks. Gates, meanwhile, wants the land to build an Indian casino, and is mixed up with some mobsters. There's a trip to Las Vegas, a female-empowerment seminar, a jailbreak, and other complications too absurd to mention. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Never has one man had to do so much with so little.

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Rated R for sex-related humor | See all certifications »

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Stuntman skier has a face that's far too thin. Particularly obvious in the scene where he throws a snowball. See more »

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Monte Peterson: My wife - I got no sex life. The dog keeps watching me in the bedroom; wants to learn how to beg. I told him to watch my wife to learn how to roll over and play dead.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Why Did God Make Boogie Woogie
Performed by Tyler Yarema and His Rhythm
Written by Tyler Yarema and Terence Wilkins
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Off Day for Rodney
1 March 2003 | by emguySee all my reviews

When Rodney Dangerfield is on a roll, he's hilarious. In My 5 Wives, he's not on a roll. The timing of the one-liners is off, but they're the best thing going for the movie. The five women who play the wives don't add up to one whole actress between them. The plot is very weak. Even the premise is pretty weak; there are a few jokes about having multiple wives, but the situation has little to do with anything else in the movie. Most of the movie could play the same way even if Rodney's character had only one wife, so the premise seems more like an old man's fantasy than a key part of the comedy. Another old man's fantasy: we're supposed to accept that Rodney's character is an athletic skier.

Jerry Stiller seems to be phoning in his role just to do a buddy a favor, and the rest of the name actors must simply be desperate for work.

The odd nods to political correctness later in the movie don't really do anything for the movie. For those who like their movies politically correct, the non-PC humor is still there in the first place, and the seeming apologies for it still don't get the point. For those who hate seeing a movie cave in to political correctness, the PC add-ins are just annoying digressions.

This has to be the mildest R-rated movie I've ever seen. There are some racy jokes, and the bedroom scenes would have made shocking TV 40 years ago, but that's about it. Maybe it was the topless men (kidding).

The DVD features interviews where the cast members seem to find depth and importance in this movie and in their roles. I kept wondering if they were serious or kidding. They seem to be serious, but I kept thinking, "They must be kidding!" There's also a peculiar disclaimer suggesting that since the movie never actually names the Mormons or the Church of Latter-Day Saints, that somehow it's not about them. Never mind that the movie features a polygamous religion in Utah, and makes reference to Brigham Young.

In short, My 5 Wives was a disappointment. I was hoping for Rodney on a roll, but the best I can say for the movie is that Rodney was looking pretty good for a guy who was pushing 80 at the time.


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8 September 2000 (USA) See more »

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