Sunday, September 6, 2015

8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997)

Director: Tom Schulman

Writer: Tom Schulman

Composer: Andrew Gross

Starring: Joe Pesci, Andy Comeau, Kristy Swanson, George Hamilton, Dyan Cannon, David Spade, Todd Louiso, Anthony Mangano, Joe Basile, Ernestine Mercer

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Meet Tommy Spinelli. He's got two days to deliver this bag, or more heads are gonna roll.

Plot: A mob bagman finds that his luggage, containing the proof of his latest hit, has been switched.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Not funny.  The script feels like it needs a lot more tuning and that would require changing a lot of the scenes.  I can't blame the cast. No one's dropping the ball in that department.  Pesci's role is underwritten.  His character, Tommy, should have had a lot more to do.  Hell, one of the biggest problems, and this is script related, is that this wildly talented cast (Dyan Cannon and George Hamilton have been funny as shit in other movies but not in this one) isn't utilized to even half capacity.  In each of those three I've mentioned so far, there's an inkling that they might be but obviously aren't.  David Spade probably came off the best (as far as anyone you might recognize).  The only time I laughed, and it was a good one, was when Tommy dreams that the heads are singing (all 8 are placed along the top of a dresser).  THAT was funny but it was a long wait for it. This isn't a horrible picture (The pacing was good) but it's definitely under-cooked. The MGM DVD delivers the film in anamorphic widescreen and the sole extra is the non-anamorphic widescreen trailer.

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