A movie I distinctly remember enjoying quite a bit when I was in high school. Stallone is actually pretty funny, playing to type as a gangster trying to straighten up his image. A few bullets:
- There are several funny bits in the film, the best being the barely-able-to-speak-English Fenucci brothers, the tailors who show the newspaper photo of a murdered man as a sign that they’re “famous.” We must always praise Harry Shearer.
- I also heartily enjoy Tim Curry’s work in the film as the elocution expert, Dr. Poole.
- It wasn’t quite as funny as I remember it being, but it holds up nicely. If you’re looking for a good farce, though, you should see Noises Off first.
- As the film ends, and Snaps has gone back to being a gangster after one day of trying to go straight, I was amused to ponder that he can settle back into extortion, bootlegging, and violence as means for making money. Of course, the bankers come off as reprehensible reprobates while the gangsters are pretty likeable, so I shouldn’t be surprised that the ending is happy. According to Wikipedia, farces often end with un-recouped villainy: “The protagonist may get away with what he or she has been trying to hide at all costs, even if it is a criminal act.”