“ Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 1991 / Parental Guidance / Director: Tom Mankiewicz / Actors: John Candy, Mariel Hemingway, Emma Samms, Raymond Burr, Dylan Baker ... / VHS Tape released 2000-07-10 at MGM Entertainment / Features of the VHS Tape: Dolby, PAL, Surround Sound „
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FILM ONLY REVIEW
Jack Gable is a writer on a successful soap opera. He enjoys his job and has great plans for the show and the leading lady who he is in love with but the producers are not happy and want to get rid of her. Jack thinks they are being unfair and has suspicions that they are using another writer to get rid of her. He leaves for a weekend break and gets a call from Rachel, who he loves, to say she needs him as she had a row with her boyfriend and so she invites herself on his weekend holiday.
Jack packs and leaves to pick Rachel up but she makes up with her boyfriend and leaves Jack alone again. Unfortunately Jack has a accident in his car and wakes to find he is in hospital but not a normal one, the one in his soap opera. Jack is now living in his created world and has only his typewriter to write his way out. Will Jack get back home or will he decide he likes his imaginary world better?
I had no idea what this film was about but hubby assured me it was good and funny so as it starred John Candy I decided to give t a go. I found the storyline was good but nothing very different to all the other films which have the leading actor living a different life to see just ho good their own one is. I think this storyline is helped slightly by the slight different with Jack being able to control what happens to him and certainly by the acting. I did by half way through the film predict the ending as it was very obvious how the story was going to turn out and we did not get any twists to stop it from panning out just as I said it would.
John Candy played the lead role of Jack Gable and he was his usual good bubbly self. He bought a big lively character to the screen and I was instantly able to warm to him and understand him. I enjoyed the humour he bought to his role and the way he was able to show a silly side with out looking too daft. He worked well with the role of Janet and they had a good on screen presence. He also worked well with the character of Rachel and it was clearly obvious he was in love with her from his actions when she was around.
We had a lot of good supporting actors including, Mariel Hemingway, Emma Samms, Charles Rocket, Andrea Thompson and David Rasche. They were all very different characters and this bought some much needed depth and diversity to the storyline.
I was told that this film was a comedy but for me it was very lacking in laughs. We did get the usual silly and stupid moments from John Candy, as with all his other roles, but I found this film overall was not very funny. There were moments which gave me a smile especially when Jack would big himself up and make himself the hero but they really were nothing to laugh out loud at. Some of the characters did actually annoy me when they tried to be funny and made me really uncomfortable watching them try to get a laugh.
The film was set in America in the beginning of the 1990's and this was very apparent from the costumes and scenery. The film was also made in 1991 and we can see the age from the bad effects we have all the way through. The clothes were very late 80's and some of the hairstyles were actually amusing to see. I think this film has dated quite badly but I would still say it was an easy to watch family film. The music was good and quite mixed, personally I enjoyed the lively tracks more but there were not many of these.
As this is a film only review there are no bonus features to speak about. The running time is 96 minutes and I found this was quite long enough. The certificate is a PG and I agree with this and think it would make a good family film. I am not sure if this film has been converted onto DVD as I have never seen it for sale in the shops. We managed to watch it on TCM movies on Sky which I am pleased about as I certainly would not pay to see this.
Overall I will give this 3 stars despite not overly enjoying it as for me I feel it would suit the younger audience better and it would certainly make a good Sunday afternoon family film when you want something you don't need to concentrate hard on.