Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Best of John Candy on SCTV (1992)

Synopsis: Big laughs from a big guy.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Get ready for non-stop John Candy in this hilarious collection of classic moments from the brilliant SCTV series... If you like Candy – and who doesn’t – you’ll crack up with The Best of John Candy on SCTV!”

What Did I Learn?: SCTV was much more hit-and-miss than I remember it. Some of the skits were indeed rather funny, although it often seemed as though the sketch comics tried a little too hard.

You Might Like This Movie If: You’ve always wanted to watch a Soviet-themed King of Kensington spoof.

Really?: Quite a few of the skits on this tape featured Candy as part of an ensemble. Couldn’t they have included more from Mayor Tommy Shanks, or a few of Johnny LaRue’s restaurant reviews, for instance?

Rating: While it was indeed wonderful to see the late, great John Candy in action once again, this tape left a lot to be desired. Many of the skits included are hacked to pieces. The tape is only 62 minutes long, and it was obvious that WIC wanted to pack it with as many wacky characters as possible, instead of showcasing Candy’s funniest work. 6.5/10 stars.

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