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Reviewed March 19th, 2000 by Staff


“I need a hero!” – why not John Candy?

The late John Candy did many low budget comedy movies in his lifetime and this may not be his best work, but he sure can make you laugh.

Candy plays Harry Crumb – a detective that comes from a long history of detectives in the family. In fact he is the more unique one and the last of the line.

A rich man’s daughter has been kidnapped and Harry is on the case. However his only purpose of being there is to totally mess up the investigation. Now Harry must outwit the would-be kidnappers, try to stay alive and of course make us laugh as the story progresses.

The film is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and is pretty strong throughout the movie. This is not one of the best transfers that has come from the Columbia / TriStar camp. But the real question is: is it because of the transfer or the original source? The movie did come out in 1989 after all.

The sound is presented in DD 2.0 and does ok. Of course a nice 5.1 remix would have been better, but dialogue and music seem pretty clear.

Not many extras at all are on the disc. Subtitles in Chinese, Korean English, Spanish, Thai and Portuguese are present as well as production notes and talent files. A nice interview with the late Mr. Candy would have been nice.

The movie is rated PG-13 and is recommended for all John Candy fans and recommended for rental for everyone else.


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