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Brewster's Millions
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Oct 8, 2004 By: Scott Weinberg
Brewster's Millions order
Director:
Walter Hill

Actors:
Richard Pryor
John Candy
Lonette McKee

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Aging minor-league pitcher Monty Brewster is awarded a curious inheritance; he’s set to win 300 million bucks, but only if he can somehow spend 30 million dollars in 30 days. Oh, and he has to keep it a secret.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Well, it was probably a good movie in one of its earlier incarnations (this tale has been brought to the screen at least a half-dozen times over the years), but despite the presence of funnymen Richard Pryor and John Candy, the 1985 version of Brewster’s Millions is a fairly lifeless affair. It seems as if all involved were content with the high-concept plot, and not much effort was made to make the movie particularly funny. It's one of those comedies that’s more ‘pleasant’ than it is amusing in a “ha ha” kind of way. It’s always nice to see John Candy in one of his early roles, but he’s given very little to do here aside from act as Pryor’s warm-hearted sidekick.

Speaking of Richard Pryor, he reached his career peak in the early 80’s, and although the guy is a brilliant comedian, a family-friendly and simplistic comedy like Brewster’s Millions seems an ill fit for such a tired vehicle. Action flick filmmaker Walter Hill unwisely chose to cross genres with his first comedic effort as well. Given the overlong running time and unnecessary amount of time dedicated to pointless subplots involving love interests and baseball, it’s clear that Hill probably should have stuck to action films. Hardcore fans of Pryor and Candy will certainly appreciate adding this one to their collection, and although it's not an awful movie, it simply doesn’t deliver the laughs.
THE EXTRAS
Brewster’s Millions is a dated little comedy from 1985, so any features at all would be a surprise. Not surprisingly, the only features included are a theatrical trailer, 3 pages of production notes and some cast/crew bios.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
There’s not a whole lot to recommend here. If you’re curious to see two very funny men in a movie that gives them very little opportunity to strut their stuff, give it a rent, otherwise...skip it.
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