Saturday, October 15, 2011

Cadillac Man (1989)

Synopsis: Glengarry Glen Ross meets Dog Day Afternoon.

Blurb From the DVD Jacket: “A fast-paced comedy that shifts hilarity into overdrive!”   “Whether he’s pitching himself or the high-priced luxury cars at Turgeon Auto Sales, Joey O’Brien (Robin Williams) never lets a day go by without ‘doing’ someone good... But just when Joey thought it could get no worse it does. Into the showroom walks Larry (Tim Robbins), a lunkhead terminator with an axe to grind. He’s loaded down with explosives and looking for the man who’s been ‘doing’ his wife! Now Joey is forced to do the one thing he does best – lie!”

What Did I Learn?: It isn’t a good idea to attempt your sales pitch to a grieving widow during her husband’s funeral.

Really?: Considering there was a huge, gaping hole in the Turgeon building, I’m surprised the cops didn’t simply shoot Larry.

Rating: I’ve never been a huge Robin Williams fan, but he’s hilarious as the sleazy-but-loveable Joey O’Brien. Cadillac Man is a funny and watchable study of deeply flawed characters and their reaction to a crisis. 8/10 stars.  

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