Directed by: Walter Hill
Starring: Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee
I used to think Richard Pryor was a really funny guy, but everything of his I see just seems to fall short of what it seems like he could do. I’m not sure where I got such high expectations from, but it’s really weird that they’re not being met when I never had any doubt about them before actually watching his stand-up and movies. I mean, it’s funny enough, but it’s not really anything to write home about.
Richard Pryor is left $30 million by a great-uncle he didn’t know he had, who for some reason wants to teach him about how terrible it is to spend money. He has 30 days to spend all the money and end up with no assets at all, and if he does he’ll get the full inheritance of $300 million. Of course, he can’t tell anybody about why he’s doing what he’s doing, and becomes a nervous wreck as he tries to unload a ridiculous amount of money.
There are no real huge laughs in this movie, and the premise is complicated enough that they have to spend a lot of time on it… which just makes you think about how little sense it makes even more. Pryor and Candy are funny enough as pitcher-catcher friends from a minor league baseball team, but Pryor spends the whole movie being nervous and unhappy while Candy spends the whole time being angry. It just never gels really well. It’s reminiscent of Trading Places, except that film is way better.