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Back to the '80's: Movie of the Week - Johnny Dangerously (1984)

Friday, July 31, 2009

Movie of the Week - Johnny Dangerously (1984)

This is a fun little movie with plenty of laughs to go around. We get to see Michael Keaton and Joe Piscopo in their prime. Other stars you might recognize in the movie are Marilu Henner (Taxi), Peter Boyle (Everybody Loves Raymond), Griffin Dunne (An American Werewolf in London), Dom DeLuise (Cannonball Run) and Danny DeVito (Taxi, Twins).

This is a gangster movie spoof that is set in the 1930's. Michael Keaton is excellent in it as a guy doing what he has to do to survive in a post-depression America. That may include the occasional thievery and murder.

Although Keaton is really great as the lead in the movie, for me it's Joe Piscopo that makes this movie. He's hilarious as the cruel sadistic Danny Vermin. He has an ongoing saying in the movie he uses to keep us in stitches. It changes according to the circumstances, but is funny throughout. Here's an example: When Johnny hangs Vermin up on a coat hook, Vermin turns to him, with his finger extended out and says "You shouldn't hang me on a hook, Johnny. My father hung me on a hook once.........ONCE!!!"

Really good weekend movie to watch and laugh a bit. Go rent it.

I'll be typin' at ya later,
Bob the Blogger