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Friday, 7 August 2015

ARMED & DANGEROUS [1986]

As a kid, director Mark L. Lester's action/buddy comedy Armed & Dangerous was a real treat because it was my introduction to the comedy stylings of John Candy and Eugene Levy.
Seeing it again as an adult makes me realize how the film never fully utilizes the comedic genius of the duo displayed together in much better works, like television's SCTV.  
It plays like a cop comedy, only now it's two bumbling security guards clumsily unraveling the wrong-doings of a Los Angeles mob boss.  It's surprisingly short on laughs considering it was scripted by SCTV's Harold Ramis, who was responsible for other comedy classics such as Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day.  As a fan of the two comedy stars it was a pleasant but really dull watch making it difficult to recommend to anyone not interested in seeing some early Candy or Levy films.

2 buttless chaps out of 5

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