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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Brewster's Millions (1985)

It's the only version of the story that I've personally seen, to date, but Wiki states that the 1985 version of Brewster's is the seventh film to be based on the same text, a 1902 novel of the same name by George Barr McCutcheon.
The titular character is a Minor League baseball pitcher who inherits a large sum of cash. The rub is that in order to claim ownership of the loot he must first meet the unusual criteria set by his dead relative: Brewster must spend $30 million in just 30 days and by the end have no assets to show for it.
A money problem approached from the opposite perspective than usual is a fun idea, but in reality it's reliant on Richard Pryor's onscreen personality from beginning to end. Without his comedic talent it would still be a fun idea, but most likely also a more forgettable film than it honestly already is.

2½ flagrant misuses out of 5

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