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My 5 Wives
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2001
I don't know why Rodney Dangerfield's movie "My 5 Wives" did not receive a wide theatrical release, since it is his funniest film in years. The jokes start right from the beginning, when Rodney is in divorce court. "Every time I wanted sex, my wife left the room to give me privacy! The last time I had sex, I was arrested for assault with a dead weapon!", he tells his lawyer. Also appearing in the movie are John Byner, playing a crooked banker, Andrew Dice Clay, who plays a Mafia underboss and Jerry Stiller, playing a Mafia don who knew Rodney when they were both kids in the old neighborhood. As Rodney tells Jerry regarding his father, "In our neighborhood, he was the first one to start acupuncture - with an ice pick!"

A memorable scene is when Rodney takes his five wives to Las Vegas. At first, they appear poolside wearing one piece bathing suits that were in style a hundred years ago. Rodney takes them clothes shopping. They return poolside wearing very skimpy bikinis, followed by Rodney wearing a speedo. The DVD includes deleted scenes, cast and crew information, and actors' interviews. The actresses who play his five wives are interviewed while they're wearing their bikinis. I really respect that!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2001
To Buy or Not to buy, will it be an asset to your DVD collection, or will you watch it once and forget it?
Yes people its safe to say that since your here, you like Dangerfield's type of comedy. This film delivers fresh routines of Dangerfields trademark style, and although not a "big" budget film the likes of Ladybugs, Back To School and Easy Money...etc., it will still make you laugh.
If your a fan of Dangerfield, this is a good purchase and you will enjoy it a couple times.
Andrew Dice plays a Mafia underboss in the film, although his perfomance and jokes are nothing outstanding, its still a little funny looking at him. The writers could have done much more with his character, it is obvious his character wasnt written for him specifically or the director wanted to keep his performance second to Dangerfields.
Very little cameo perfomances by other up and comming comics, so dont expect much.
The film looks like a "Made for TV" movie and also looks like it was shot using video... possible to lower production costs.
Overall if you like Dangerfield, youll like this movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2008
Rodney slows down in this apparently direct-to-video movie, but it's an amusing take on the always-popular guy-who-inherits-bunch-of-babes plotline. Here, Rodney is a would-be ski lodge builder who finds that to buy some Utah mountain property for his lodge, he has to adopt the local splinter Mormon beliefs. That somehow includes taking three wives, and they become five. He gets some tired gags out of how he has to bed these five beauties, then he takes them to Las Vegas, they quickly become liberated at a seminar, and help save Rodney from a couple smalltown hustlers including a banker played by John Byner, fronting for a mob guy played by Andrew Dice Clay, who wants the property for his uncle, played by Jerry Stiller. Lots of Dangerfield gags, many of them heard many times before, a chase scene in which Rodney's double bests the bad guys, and all turns out well in the end. Lightweight Dangerfield, but, heck, I like the guy and it's among the better of his lesser efforts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2003
Not the best Rodney Dangerfield film, but funny. Rodney carries this movie with his oneliners, other than that this movie probably wouldn't have much else to offer. Appearances by John Byner and Andrew "dice" clay too.If you're a fan of Rodney you'll enjoy it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2000
The only major key elements saving this comedy is Dangerfield's amazingly sarcastic humorous jokes and facial expressions,the lovely babes who play his wives, and the the tongue-in-cheek humor on a certain religion. Otherwise, the story is forgettable. Andrew Dice Clay again plays a typical role as memorable as his acting career.
As for the story itself, it's about a construction developer from L.A. who purchases land in a Mormon town-community to build a ski-lodge resort. What he did not realize was that in bidding and gaining the land he would also inherit several wives from the previous landowner who has since passed away (it's a major part of the community's religious tradition). He,himself must also become a Mormon in order to join the township as a citizen to own the land.The rest involves crooked bankers/loan officers, mob king pins based in Las Vegas, and uptight conservative Mormon town folk...
Despite all the films flaws, it's Rodney's humor that delivers every time. My only recommendation for any true die-hard Rodney Dangerfield fan is to skip this 100 minute flick and watch his stand up performances on the Jay Leno Show.At least on the Leno Show Rodney cuts to the chase and gets to his comedy gags !...
This comedy flick rates 3 stars...One for Rodney,One for the babes, and One for some of the other miscellaneous antics and gag-jokes !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2014
Rodney's one-liners hearken back to his Miller Lite commercials of the early eighties, but all-in-all a good idea for a screen-play that got lost somewhere between filming and post-production.

Best if used to fill time when there's little else to see/do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
MY 5 WIVES (Writ. Rodney Dangerfield, 2000, 100 minutes) left me surprised firstly because Dangerfield managed to do five more films plus two TV shows before his passing in 2004 (which left me weeping for days).

This silly, straight-to-DVD-looking comedy tells the story of LA native Monte Peterson, a land developer eyeballing some prime land in Utah for a ski resort. Looking to bring jobs into the community, Monte finds a community made up of weird religious people - a sort of comedic blend of Amish and Mormon. Since the buyer of land left by a decedent also "buys" the deceased's wives, Monte finds himself having to marry three wives in order to finalize the deal.

As ever, Dangerfield is game for the silliest of excuses to make his jokes on film. While nothing can ever really approach the genius of his Easy Money, it's always fun to see anything with Dangerfield in it. Well, almost anything. This film has an odd significance just now because it is a clear stab at Mormonism, and we are days away from an election that could see a Mormon weirdo win the presidency. The film somehow bobs up and down comedically without being offensive to Mormonism. It does manage to be 100% offensive toward women.

If you're a fan, then you'll like this and, as Dangerfield always plans, you'll roll your eyes in exasperation just when he wants you to - but he can still produce a great belly laugh when he wants to, his face as rubbery as ever.

With the talents of Jerry Stiller, Andrew Dice Clay (I know, I was stunned too) and the great John Byner.
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on July 6, 2012
I believe My 5 Wives is one of the funniest movies starring Rodney Dangerfield that I've seen yet. I watched another Rodney movie where he went back to school (in fact, Back to School is the name of it) and Rodney's humor in that movie doesn't touch the more upbeat and hilarious style performed in My 5 Wives. Perhaps there was some kind of restriction in place back in the mid 80's that wouldn't allow us to witness Rodney's *true* side (since My 5 Wives is clearly more joke-oriented). Who knows.

As you've probably figured out, the storyline is about Rodney becoming religious and specifically a polygamist. He inherits 5 attractive women and basically takes over a small town with generous tips and charity donantions thanks to having the money to do so (thanks to a top-notch laywer and a divorce settlement that turns in his favor). At first the townspeople accept him with open arms despite his offbeat, "always quick to blurt out a witty remark" style of humor but later on when they find out he's been spending counterfeit dollars (unintentionally unbeknownst to even Rodney) well, things change in a hurry. My favorite part is probably when the girls take a trip to Las Vegas and turn into naughty girls! The skiing/snowmobile segment at the end -despite being *extremely* exaggerated- is another high point. Actually Rodney executes several hilarious lines while riding in the back of a garbage truck.

I had no idea that was Andrew Dice Clay playing the role of the tough Italian guy, haha. I forgot all about HIS style of comedy- more raunchy! I recall his standup routines in the mid 90's and how my dad and his girlfriend were reluctant to let me watch them given my young age and the inappropriate topics he was discussing, but they ultimately gave in since I was a teenager at the time.

I swear, Rodney's at the top of his game in this movie. Without giving away the actual jokes, a certain one about holding open elevator doors, a false allegation involving his ex-wifes chest, terrible cooking and having to bring Tums for the ants, to the joke about stimulating the wrong female body parts... he's flat out *awesome* in this movie.

I could seriously listen to Rodney's well-constructed style of humor all night long, haha. I HIGHLY recommend My 5 Wives. Oh sure, the actual plot is pretty weak but it's all about Rodney so none of that should matter.
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on September 9, 2009
You have to admit it: Rodney Dangerfield chose an offbeat & provocative subject to do a comedy on. And what's funnier than having Rodney--the "no respect" guy--marrying five young & beautiful wives? It's a premise that's a gold mine of laughs! Rodney plays Monte Peterson, a real-estate contractor who comes across some prime land to build a ski lodge in Utah. The catch: In order to use his land, he has to join the Mormon religion...which automatically gives him his many wives! His purchase immediately raises the ire of a shifty banker (John Byner) who happens to be in a "stronghold" partnership with a Las Vegas gangster (Andrew Dice Clay, beautifully cast) who has a secret land scheme that will turn the community upside-down. But Peterson's got his own problems: A trip to Vegas to treat his wives goes awry when both the city's fast living & a gung-ho feminist author (Molly Shannon) quickly corrupt the girls, opening up their eyes to women's lib. Worse, Byner sends his portly minion to Vegas in hopes of catching Peterson smoking or drinking as proof to ex-communicate him.
Rodney's likable & in top form in this one, rattling off some terrific one-liners, and getting into mischief as usual. The one flaw is the action sequences. The jail breakout, with Rodney riding in a trash bin, has some obvious stunt double work; and the ski chase is marred with stunt work that's obviously not Rodney. This kind of stuff gives the film a "B-movie" feel. Still, I laughed from start to finish...and that's good enough for me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2012
Rodney Dangerfield is funny in small doses. This movie was just not that funny, unless you are the fan of oneliners repeated every few seconds. Will donate this one to the used book sale in town.
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