Wednesday, February 12, 2014

My Blue Heaven (1990)

Director: Herbert Ross

Writer: Nora Ephron

Composer: Ira Newborn

Starring: Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Joan Cusack, Melanie Mayron, Bil Irwin, Carol Kane, William Hickey, Deborah Rush, Daniel Stern, Jesse Bradford, Corey Carrier, Ed Lauter, LaWanda Page

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The stars of Parenthood in a comedy about an urban hood finding suburbanhood.

Plot: FBI agent Barney Coopersmith is assigned to protect former Mafia figure turned informant Vincent Antonelli. In the witness protection program one is supposed to keep a low profile, but that is something that Antonelli has trouble doing. Coopersmith certainly has his hands full keeping Antonelli away from the Mafia hitmen who want to stop him testifying, not to mention the nightclubs...

My rating: 9.5/10

Will I watch it again? YES!!!

I can't tell you how much I adore this picture.  It's freakin' hilarious from start to finish.  Steve Martin has rarely been as funny as he is here.  He embodies Vinnie so naturally that you'd think he'd been living as this character for years.  It's loaded with laughs and funny performances from everyone.  Rick Moranis knocks the funny out of the park.  Joan Cusack couldn't be better.  Carol Kane...mmmmmm.  She could melt...all...that...stuff.   Priceless.  Nora Ephron's script is too funny for words.  Released the same year, this picture makes an amazing double feature playing after GOODFELLAS (1990) as if it were intended as the sequel comedy.  It's no surprise that Efron was married to GOODFELLAS novelist and screenwriter, Nicholas Pileggi and that MBH is based on the exploits of Henry Hill. Ira Newborn's music is fantastic and the merengues he wrote are infectiously fun.  There's not a dull moment in this picture and it's one of those films that makes me feel all giddy and warm inside.  So where the hell is a widescreen DVD or Blu-ray of this thing?  Huh?  I could keep going on about this but I'd rather watch it again instead.

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