James Belushi (K-9: P.I., Joe Somebody) and John Ritter ("Eight Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter") push the comic envelope in this "genuinely off-the-wall comedy" (The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Re... more »view) about an improbable mission between the CIA, the KGB and, of course visitors from another planet! The fate of the entire world lies inthe hands of a brilliant, charming cad of a secret agent named Nick Pirandello (Belushi), who has to barter for global salvation with aliens seeking a highly secret glass of water! Dire circumstancesforce Nick to recruit naïve, insecure insurance agent Bob Wilson (Ritter) as his partner, making his precarious predicament downright preposterous, as their insane mission becomes not only extra dangerous but entirely extraterrestrial!« less
"In this funny-assed film, Jim Belushi and John Ritter form an unlikely partnership in this fast-paced sendup of spy thrillers that poses the question, just what makes a real man? Is it Nick Pirandello (Belushi), the best CIA agent in the world, who can handle any situation without flinching, fumbling or mussing his hair? Or Bob Wilson (Ritter) a meek ultracivilized paper pusher who avoids confrontation at all costs? With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Nick recruits Bob for a vital mission. It's no easy job because they're being chased by both the Russians and renegade CIA agents. But as they dodge bullets, outwit their pursuers, face back alley ambushes and try to keep a very important appointment with aliens, Bob gets a lot tougher. And Nick becomes a much more sensitive human being. With this kind of teamwork they might even save all of mankind. It's all in a days work for real men as you safely laugh your butt off at home- boy! Freakin funny as hell."
Smart and Hilarious
Anthony Sunclades | 04/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a very very funny film that has gone by almost unnoticed. The plot is simple, all life on earth will be dead in a few years if Jim Belushi cannot get John Ritter, a milquetoast, that he has it in him to save the world. Simple. Along the way you meet a rogue CIA group dressed as clowns, aliens from another world who want a glass of water and the KGB. I say this all matter of factly because that is exactly the attitude that Jim Belushi's character does. He's seen it all before and the hilarity comes when you take someone who has never had an exciting experience in this life (Ritter) and team him with someone that has had so many crazy and wild adventures that even saving the world is mundane. This is a great satire on our national security. I recommend this film to anyone who does not take everything seriously and/or wants to laugh. Some of the components are a little over the top, but that's what movies are for.
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More features and Widescreen please.
J.Gill | Philadelphia, PA United States | 01/21/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Most folks missed this strange little comedy back in the 80's and it's distribution was scarce at best. After viewing it with college buddies back in the 90's I had to buy my copy at a used video store...for a buck. Ritter and Belushi are great together. Slapstick humor mixed with plain old off the wall comedic story telling makes this one of my favorite 'left of center' comedies. Neighborhood bullies, Russian spies, clown agents, pens from outer space, transexual family members, S&M mistresses, and a glass of water...add it up and you get 'Real Men'. The DVD looks weak though. No widescreen? Just the trailer? Ok granted, a making of documentary might not be needed for this one, but at least give us a double layer disc so we can choose wide or full. I doubt there will be a special edition of this coming from MGM anytime soon, but It would be nice. I guess I should thank them for putting it out at all. However considering the cult following of this movie and our feelings on the matter, MGM should "try to be more sensative"."
A Cut Above Other 80s Comedies
Stanley Runk | Camp North Pines | 12/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ya gotta love MGM for releasing those "forgotten" films that we all grew up with like Mannequin for example. Real Men is one of those films that you probably caught yourself watching on HBO more than once back in the day. In fact, you probably don't even remember the name of the film, but remember John Ritter and Jim Belushi and the aliens and the glass of water, and of course the S&M girl. I've always loved this movie. It's one of the few I can still laugh at after all these years, and that's because it was exceptionally well written. Very witty and very funny, with two fantastic performances from it's leads. Why didn't writer/director Dennis Feldman ever go on to do anything else? Sure he was writer of the rotten sci-fi horror flick Virus with Jamie Lee Curtis, but I'm not sure he wants people to know that. If you missed this the first time around, I'd suggest renting it."
Paul Panella | firstname.lastname@example.org | 07/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Real Men ranks as one of the most underappreciated comedies of all time. It's easy to turn up your nose at the, campy, over-the-top action and dialogue. But, unlike most films that start with a preposterous premise and follow it to a logical conclusion, Real Men sustains its humor and pace from start to finish. Jim Belushi (the tough, callous super agent) and John Ritter (a regular family man who's "average, maybe a little less") are perfect foils even as they slowly exchange personas: Belushi finding his more sensitive side while Ritter becomes a more assertive, resourceful, take charge 'kinda guy. Real Men shares much in common with another of the funniest films ever made: The In-Laws. It's virtually the same premise: a buddy film about a regular guy dragged kicking and screaming into the covert, wacky world of espionage. Both films hilariously turn the ridiculous into the sublime as the viewer first sees the story from the viewpoint of the "regular joe" whose life is turned upside down while he tries to remain calm. Gradually though, you come to accept the sincereity of Belushi's character (Nick Pirandello) and suspend disbelief at the preposterous situations because they're set up so well (like Soviet agents quitting in the middle of a gunfight because they're going to lunch - no incentives like we have in the free world.)Well written with a great, bouncy score that compliments the film perfectly. Finally starting to be taken seriously after some second looks and a new and growing appreciative audience."