Worth A Few Chuckles
Edward Lee | 05/23/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Comedy is predicated on its ability to be unpredictable, and THE WRONG GUY is largely the victim of easily guessed jokes waiting for you just around the corner. Still, Dave Foley and Jennifer Tilly manage to charm this one-and-one-half hour with enough harmless chuckles that make it worth a single viewing.Foley stars as Nelson Hippert (or was that Hibbert?), who -- after losing a promotion to CEO of his future father-in-law's company -- inadvertantly believes he's a wanted fugitive, on the lamb, for murder. Once the opening schtick is over with, the story finds a better pace in the capable comedic talents of his new-found true love (Tilly) and her savings-and-loan operator father (the vastly underrated Joe Flaherty of SCTV fame). There are also a handful of great bits surrounding the small-town cops finally given federal funding to assist in the search for the real killer, but don't look for any breakout performances here.A welcome diversion, THE WRONG GUY won't be a wrong choice."
Raymie | 07/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is excellent. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting something different than the predictable hollywood sludge being produced these days. It's well written, acted and produced. So simple, yet so hilariously genius!!"
Definitely worth it.
J. Whitted | Boise, ID United States | 03/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just rented this movie, having no idea what it was like, other than it had Dave Foley in it. My wife and I loved it. If you look at the reviews, it's obvious this is a love it or hate it movie. You either get it or you don't. I did, and I loved it."
Mr. Tiny's...The ULTIMATE in miniature golf....
Lisa K. Wiggs | Wilson, NC | 04/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I gave this movie top rating for two reasons: Colm Feore and David Anthony Higgins.
Foley is cute though not consistently funny (some of his material felt a bit forced to me, ) however, there were many laugh-out-loud scenes that nearly had me strangled ( feeding on forest food, jumping the train, getting water at the filling station, ALL interactions with the Killer, and many more..) His fugitive flight puts him into contact with several off-key characters, and the poor guy keeps running into one piece of bad luck or bad timing again and again. For the life of me I kept thinking, " That's exactly MY luck.." ( mine and all the OTHER "ordinary guys" out there...) Joe Flaherty's character of the bank owner shares the same fate as George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life (with slight comic variations,) and Jennifer Tilley is adorable and alluring as ever as Foley's narcoleptic girlfriend.
Higgins' romp through the states using the FBI's "unlimited resources" is hilarious. ( If the name does not ring a bell, you may remember him from the old "Ellen" show - he worked at the book store's coffee shop, Cup-a-Joe's, and served more comic relief than lattes.) He tracks his fugitive through some of the country's best restaurants, strip clubs and Musical revues, ( ! ) while maintaining the integrity of his investigation.
The real scene stealer though is Colm. His Killer is brilliant. I loved the constant wardrobe changes( best scene? the surgeon ) and the magical coincidences that kept bringing him into contact with Foley. His Killer is single-minded, militant in his mission, and seemingly superhuman, ( some of the Killer's escapes are very John Woo, but...soooo funny ) It is hard to explain but there is a humor about this character that is hard to ignore and impossible not to love.. The best moments in the movie belong to Colm and his straight-faced delivery of some of its funniest lines...( after all the Killer puts himself through it is wonderfully ironic to hear him whine at the end " I fell on my keys!) There are dozens of scenes that I would love to talk about but I don't want to ruin the laughs for those who have not seen the flick.
I can't guarantee that everyone will find this movie as entertaining as some, but I CAN bet that if you buy it you will not feel badly that you did.