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The Pest (1997)

John Leguizamo , Jeffrey Jones , Paul Miller  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Leguizamo, Jeffrey Jones, Freddy Rodríguez, Pat Skipper, Edoardo Ballerini
  • Directors: Paul Miller
  • Writers: John Leguizamo, David Bar Katz
  • Producers: John Leguizamo, Bill Sheinberg, David Bar Katz, Jonathan Sheinberg, Robert Papazian
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, English, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 13, 2000
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004STDB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,077 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Pest" on IMDb

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Comedian John Leguizamo is THE PEST, a manic Miami con man who's about to become a hunter's human prey. And if you're going to be a target, it's best to be a moving target, as THE PEST proves in this hilarious high-speed hunt that careens from a neo-Nazi's private island to the party-all-the-time streets of Miami's South Beach. Crass, crude and endlessly inventive, THE PEST assumes a wild variety of ethic identities as he evades his predator with attitude intact. A totally one-of-a-kind movie.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Man Imitates Bugs Bunny May 20, 2005
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This movie did not do well in the theaters, it got bad reviews, even Leguizamo has apologized for it. I don't care: this was one of the funniest movies ever! It has Jeffrey Jones, the guy from "Howard the Duck" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Now you know a film has to be hilariously corny if he is in it. The great thing about this movie is how Leguizamo acts like a live, human version of Bugs Bunny. This is the type of slapstick rarely seen in modern films. Further, Leguizamo mocks all people who think of race in solely black&white terms by his ethnic drag of all cultures. Too funny. And the "Latinus S___ticus" gag was rollover funny! I hated the homophobia and how gayness is rendered white only (as if Miami doesn't have many Latino, black, and Asian gay men), but still this movie is great!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and irreverant film June 26, 2006
By Cracgor
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This is a movie I remember watching when I was a teenager. It is a mix between the Wayans brothers and Ferris Bueller. The film's humor is often short and cartoonish set in the early 90s. John Leguizamo is incredibly funny in his role-a hustling latino caught in the most deadly game. If it were meant to be serious, Leguizamo's exploits as a Chinese waiter and the snake-crazed son of the hunter most certainly destroyed its chances.

A fun movie if you want mindless humor and a nonexistent plot. Might sound bad from that line, but I enjoy the movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Either Love It Or Hate It... I LOVE It! March 27, 2008
By J-Train
This movie is less of a movie than it is more of a spotlight for John Leguizamo. In my opinion, this guy is one of the most underrated actors of our time. He has the ability to play many different characters and he is always awesome. This movie shows off his comic ability to the utmost degree. It simply amazes me to watch him in this role. He is non-stop crazy. I read some reviews where people said they were annoyed with his character... Duh! It's called The Pest! He is supposed to be annoying! But at the same time, he is so damn funny! A great physical comedian, great impressionist, great joke teller... everything he does in this movie is so right on. But it is true, either you are going to love this movie or hate it. You can't really watch this movie and say "It was okay." It grows on you or it doesn't. I'd also like to say that my 5 year old daughter loves this movie. The opening shower scene alone is insanely funny and gets us rolling everytime. Watch this movie and turn off your serious meter for awhile. Just enjoy The Pest in all his crazyness. If you want a serious movie and role in which Mr. Leguizamo knocks it out of the park, check out Carlito's Way. If you want to laugh your face off... get The Pest. I personally like his Irish accent better than anything else I have ever heard. When he slips into that Irish accent I just about fall off the chair.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You'll hate yourself, but you'll laugh your a** off... January 9, 2005
Is this a great movie? No, it isn't. It's an incredibly stupid movie - the writing is about on the level of what was shown on USA's Up All Night circa 1991. But John Leguizamo is so d@mn funny that you will laugh in spite of it. It's kind of fitting that Bevis and Butthead are referred to several times in the film, because that's about what it's like, minus the social satire. You could spend all day listing flaws (the humor is juvenile and often in bad taste, Jeffrey Jones' ridiculous German accent comes and goes without warning, and the guy playing his son shows no acting ability at all...) - but what's the point? You know what you're getting here. Pauly Shore _wishes_ he could do it this well.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's official! The Pest is a non-stop laugh riot. July 17, 2001
By Sean L.
Comedian John Leguizamo stars in the funniest film ever made as a scam artist named Pest who lets a group of neo-Nazis hunt him so he can gain $50,000 to pay off bets he placed with the fictional Scottish mob.
Jeffery Jones co-stars as a native of Germany who has succesfully hunted all races of human beings except for one: Latino. His son, Himmell, (Eduardo Ballini) is the exact opposite of what his father is as evidented in his outragously funny one-liners (e.g. "I want to grow up to be a hair dresser and write musicals.").
Pest is helped out often in the film by his two nutty friends, Ninja (Freddy Rodriguez) and Chubby (Aries Spears). They provide their own brand of slapstick humor into the bubbling brew of comedy which every character provides ingredients to.
It's very sad to see how underrated The Pest is, seeing how hundreds of people (including myself) believe this film to be the funniest movie ever made. It has everything a comedy needs and so much more. I strongly to encourage everyone to go out and rent "The Pest." You'll lose your voice laughing...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Supprisingly Hysterical Movie August 28, 2007
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I can watch this movie over and over again. I think John Lequizamo's impessions are hysterical. He does a suprisingly good job impersonating asians. I noticed that on the DVD menu that you can watch it with Chinese, Korean or Thai subtitles, so they must have found the impressions as funny as I did. I think that John Leguizamo is at his comedic best in this movie. In this movie he plays a latino scam artist who owes the Scottish mob $[...]. In an effort to quickly get this money to pay back the Scottish mob, he gets caught up some Germans who like to hunt people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It knocked me out of my chair March 11, 2007
Being that this film was a parody of "The Most Dangerous Game" (1996) [says, TLA Video] and John Woo's (yes, him) "Hard Target" (1993) ["The Pest" (1997) most closely resembles "Hard Target", which did win awards from Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA]. It most likely is inspired and adapts from both films--both serious films while this was a farce and satire. Perhaps not politically correct if analyzing those "Quacky" and karaoke scenes?

Some would say too much emphasis on bodily humor, but this is a film about hunting--the outdoors--where men (& women) squat and use pheremones ["Father, I feel funny"] to attract prey!

John Leguizamo vs. Jean-Claude Van Damme? Does it get any funnier?

It goes on the shelf next to "Beyond Therpay" and "Sibling Rivalry".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars commedy movie
This is a favorite movie of my daughter and she was happy to find a copy.
Published 15 days ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest ever!
I loved it! my two grand children and I laughed from the beginning to the end. One of John's funny's movies. He is very very talented. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars It,s like watching the 3 Stooges
This movie is like watching reruns of the 3 Stooges, no matter how many times you watch it your sure to get a laugh.
Published 2 months ago by Juan Roman
5.0 out of 5 stars lucky find
my son loves this glad i was able to find it...tried everywhere but amazon was the only place...thanks a bunch
Published 2 months ago by rebecca paredes
5.0 out of 5 stars Super funny movie
Love the movie. My wife and I recommend to watch it while getting baked, it makes it so much funnier!!!
Published 3 months ago by peter alexander ramirez
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie's great, but I'd suggest buying it "new"
Got a "used" DVD that started clogging out midway through the movie. Gotta use a DVD cleaner soon, but after it's cleaned up a bit, I'll go back to enjoying one of the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars RE: review the pest
great movie for the family, just stuuuupid fun. Hard to believe first movie I seen john Leguizamo in "Revenge" to the Pest just a good actor and my kids love him and follow... Read more
Published 3 months ago by edward camarillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
I watched this movie on VHS as a child so happy to finally have it on DVD. Absolutely love it
Published 3 months ago by trever reed jr
5.0 out of 5 stars probably best movie ever made
this is a movie about falling in love and giving in to your deepest desires. Fire more words required. Shoot
Published 4 months ago by William L Blanton
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit too much corniness in my opinion....
There are certain movies I can watch over and over and never get tired of them. This is not one of them. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brian
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