Candy is a former police officer who lost his job when he was framed. Levy is a former attorney whohas been disbarred for incompetence. Faced with unemployment, both men take jobs as guards for a security company where, after two hours' training, but their employer is frightened of Loggia, the union mob boss who seems to have everyone under his control.
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Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2015
Just so you know where I am coming from......I am a MOVIE NUT!!!!!! I would rather watch a movie than do about anything else. It is to the point where it is hopeless!!!!! I have to clean out a shed in my back yard, and all I am thinking about is..." why isn't there something in here that I can watch a movie on! Surely it would make this task a lot more enjoyable!" Thanks to phones and Ipads and such, I can watch a movie in my car! Now, folks......that is pure, unadulterated luxury as far as I'm concerned!!!! There is nothing better! This movie is one of those that I watched in the theater many years ago (well, not THAT many)...and I loved it. I bought this movie from Amazon a few years ago and watch it all the time. It is hilarious. It is about two guys-one who used to be a lawyer and one who used to be a police officer. The lawyer was sort of forced to stop practicing law because he was scared to death when he had to represent a very scary murderer (so he made a deal with the judge during the trial) and the police officer started to arrest two fellow police officers who were stealing TVs (he was fired). They are out of work after that and meet at Guard Dog---a company that provides security officers for various businesses. They then go through the training and get put together as partners. When they were on their first assignment, they see a crime going down and mayhem ensues. If you love John Candy movies like Uncle Buck, The Great Outdoors, and Summer Rental, you will like this movie. When I want to watch a movie to just escape for about an hour and a half, I watch this movie. it isn't The Godfather or Casino---a movie that makes you think or end up wondering what this world is coming to--, but it is enjoyable and one of John Candy's best!
John Candy was an American treasure, like Ernest, who was under appreciated and not taken as seriously as his full contribution deserved. Meg Ryan was on her rise to her zenith at the time of this comedy, somewhere near the middle of the roller coaster slope. She starred in several great films after this before her decline from gaining important roles. While this film is not her most vital, its playfulness is appreciated by the discerning film goer seeking a full overview of her overarching contributions.
"What kind of gun is that slim?", "it's a .50 caliber, and it's only legal in 2 states...and this ain't one of 'em." I absolutely LOVE this movie. It is stupid comedy at its best. John Candy and Eugene Levy are in top form in this movie. I have absolutely no idea how many times I've watched this over the years - but it is plenty. I recently rented it to watch with my kids. I will warn you, if you don't like profanity around your kids (like I don't) - this may not be the movie for you. It isn't Eddie Murphy bad, but there are some bad words in it.
Funny John Candy and Eugene Levy 80’s film! “Debo” from “Friday” is in it and a small part from the same guy that played Apollo Creed’s trainer that eventually ends up working with Rocky from the “Rocky” movies. That fat nasty floating guy from “Dune” plays Meg Ryan’s father. “Strictlin” from the “Back to the future” movies has a small part. “Frank” from “Scarface” is also in this movie. Who remembers “Charlie Butts” from “Escape From Alcatraz?” He’s in this comedy too. Dvd arrived in perfect shape, early!
Good acting, good plot, good everything. But not for those who desperately need CGI, bad plots, non-actors, childish scripts/writing etc. and especially it's not for those who despise good old fashion C O M E D Y from that there Canadian actor John Candy and the rest of them in this amazing good hearted funny movie.
I swear that after watching this movie several times I think that John Candy and Eugene Levy are both nuts. Two of the most insane guys I have ever seen. All I have to say that you must see or buy this film it is truly funny, the best. About two guys who meet in Guard Dog Security and are both assigned to a night shift at a warehouse. I don't wish to spoil anything if you have not seen it, but one thing happens after another. Get this film today. .
While I greatly miss the cut version, which allows this film to be appropriate for younger audiences, this film offers an entertaining look at right vs. wrong, and some deadpan humor, delivered by highly talented actors, keeps one laughing throughout!
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2014
I have meant to add this John Candy classic to my collection for years but frequently get sidetracked by new releases when I log on to Amazon. I consider this one of John's better efforts along with Uncle Buck. While trying to evade capture by the police John and Levy hide out in an adult sex store. When they realize the cop's are waiting outside they switch clothes with a couple of the store's more, shall I say, sexually explicitly dressed patrons and escape the police because they are not recognized in their disguises. I bought the movie just for this scene because it really made me laugh the first time I saw it. It is hilarious ! I was a fan of SCTV years ago and the talented alumni like John Candy, Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis that it produced. If you like John Candy add this film to your collection.
Ah, the 80's comedy. An era and genre loved and hated by those who were there at the time and looked back at with amusement all these years later. Luckily, this film falls into the 'good' camp. Who can not enjoy seeing the usually mild-mannered-and-repressed-dad-from-American-Pie Eugene Levy dressed up as a gay biker camping it up for all he's worth with a transexual John Candy trading banter with each other while trying to evade the cops? This movie has loads of memorable scenes such as this with easily likeable characters, well defined good and bad guys and an easy to follow plot. Its not easy to create good character gags over a short space of time, but this film manages to do it and avoids a lot of the traps that other 80's comedies did by relying on visual and verbal gags alone. It's nothing new but its definately worth buying to see more than once.
4.0 out of 5 starsJohn Candy and Eugene Levy is brilliant in this movie!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 24, 2009
This movie is a classic 80's comedy if you ask me, with a nice bit of action in it too and a good story. John Candy and Eugene Levy are great together as the odd couple partnered as security guards with John Candy as an ex-policeman who loses his job and Levy as a lawyer who is not doing too good in court, and also has to seek another job. They both end up working for a security company where many of the people who they take the introduction course with arent the best recruits to be security guards. But that is also what makes this movie so funny, not just the main characters but the people around them! If you like John Candy and Eugene Levy this is a must see, and if not just watch it to have a great laugh.