Saturday, July 01, 2006
Worth it for the Cheek Chillers!
What a great buddy movie! The cast consists of John Candy as Frank Dooley, a cop framed for a crime he didn't commit. Eugene Levy as the unlikely lawyer, Norman Kane and just for good measure, a very young Meg Ryan as Maggie Cavenaugh. Put these three together and you get a pretty funny film!
This is one of John Candy's earlier films before the likes of Space Balls, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, and Uncle Buck. John Candy called on his fellow SCTV buddy who later would become the infamous dad in American Pie, Eugene Levy.
The movie begins with a crime in progress that Dooley happens upon. Turns out the thieves are fellow police officers gone bad! He then gets framed for the theft and eventually fired from his job. Kane is also having a hard time being a defense lawyer and the judge suggest he find another line of work.
Soon they both find themselves enrolled in security guard training at the to become security guards with Guard Dog Security. Training is administered by the lovely Maggie, "Just remember, when you pull the trigger, the bullets come out going very, very fast. So make sure to keep the weapon pointing away from you. Now that's about it. You are now armed... Guards. God help us all." During a nightshift Kane happens upon a theft occurring right under their noses. Kane and Dooley put two and two together and realize that Maggie's dad and the security guard union reps are in on the theft as well. It is now up to Dooley and Kane to take down the bad guys.
Armed and Dangerous is a pretty run of the mill buddy/action film. There is lots of gunfire, car chases, things blowing up, and really bad jokes. One thing that stands out though is Eugene Levy and his character Kane. He has heart and is uncure of himself in the begining. But by the end of the film with the help of Dooley, he is not afraid to be a tough guy. A bonus of the film is seeing John Candy dressed in full drag and Eugene Levy wearing some very revealing chaps!