THE PEST Add To My Top 10

In Need of Extermination

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Release Date: February 06, 1997

Starring: John Leguizamo, Jeffrey Jones, EduardoBallerini, Freddy Rodrigeuz, & Tammy Townsend

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Teenagers

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 82 minutes

Distributor: TriStar Pictures

Director: Paul Miller

Executive Producer: Robert A. Papazain

Producer: Sid, Jon & Bill Sheinberg

Writer: David Bar Katz

Address Comments To:

Mark Canton, Chairman
Columbia/TriStar Pictures
(a Sony Pictures Entertainment company)
10202 West Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232-3195
(310) 280-8000

Content:

(Pagan worldview of gross, obscene character with homosexual elements; 5 obscenities, 9 profanities & many vulgarities; chases, man shoots people with dart gun, & threats with actual gun; brief image of lions having intercourse, homosexual advances, man gooses woman, & sexually suggestive words; women in bikinis, upper male nudity, & rear male & rear female nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and. extensive gross miscellaneous immorality including graphic vomiting scene, urination, flatulation, & racial satires

Summary:

THE PEST is a poor excuse for a comedy with a lot of manic action and self-congratulatory behavior of a crazy con man hunted down by a psychopathic German. Containing gross behavior such as vomiting, flatulence and more, it also has many offensive, racist representations of different cultures.

Review:

What’s more gross and offensive than Jim Carrey as ACE VENTURA? The answer is John Leguizamo as THE PEST. Taking the crazy antics of Jim Carrey to an all time low, this poor excuse for a comedy shows a lot of manic action and self-congratulatory behavior of a confidence man hunted down by a poor representation of a German.

From the start, Leguizamoas PestarioVargasstruts, impersonates celebrities and acts crazy doing a rap number in the shower in his Miami home. He is loud-mouthed and loudly dressed, as he looks forward to a full day of cheating others out of their money at the beach. While he steals dollars performing as a blind man, he is noticed by a German named GustavShank (Jeffrey Jones). Shank and his henchmen decide to perform their own scam on the Pest by offering him $50,000 for a scholarship. (The $50,000 is actually prize money if he survives a personal manhunt on their private island.) The Pest is enticed by this offer because, for unexplained reasons, he owes $50,000 to the Scottish Mafia.

On the island, Pest discovers this evil plot and tries his best to escape, while dodging bullets. He is aided by Gustav’seffeminate son Himmel, an offensive homosexual stereotype with come-hither behaviors. On an escape boat, Pest and Himmeltake turns vomiting over the side and then vomiting on each other. Back on home turf, Pest evades and eventually outwits Gustavby impersonating a Chinese delivery boy, an Orthodox rabbi and a Japanese businessman. All of these characterizations are performed with offensiveness and insult.

This movie is only for very limited tastes. Most will find the 82 minutes running time too long. There is no question that Leguizamohas energy and a showman’s heart. He puts his all into this role. However, he is clearly a Jim Carrey rip-off and a derivative, unoriginal comedian. Unlike Jim Carrey, we never get the impression that he is a master at physical comedy. We do get the impression that he doesn’t know how to exercise taste and restraint when characterizing people groups. We also find the plot a little too unsavory to swallow – a manhunt. (One time, there is a brief image of human heads collected by Gustav.) The pest is so irritating, that some viewers may want to see him bumped off.

All of the focus of this movie is on Leguizamowith a very shallow supporting cast. If Leguizamois looking for a franchise vehicle, he probably won’t find it here. Jeff Jones has performed best as a vindictive high school principal in FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF. Here, he fakes a German accent and acts as a genuine psychopath. All in all, THE PEST is a very flimsy comedy, only pleasing the most juvenile of audiences. In fact, most people may want THE PEST to be exterminated.

In Brief:

In THE PEST, John Leguizamoas PestarioVargas struts, impersonates celebrities and acts crazy in his Miami home. He looks forward to a day of cheating others out of their money at the beach. There, he is noticed by a German, named Gustav [[[{{{spelling????}}}]]], who decides to perform his own scam on the Pest by offering him $50,000 for a scholarship. He actually wants to hunt and kill THE PEST on his own private island. Pest discovers this evil plot and tries to escape. He is aided by Gustav’seffeminate son Himmel, who brings Pest back to the mainland. Back on home turf, Pest eventually outwits Gustavby impersonating a Chinese delivery boy, an Orthodox rabbi, a Japanese businessman, and more. All of these characterizations are performed with offensiveness and insult.

This movie is only for very limited tastes. Most will find the 82 minutes running time too long. Leguizamohas energy, but he is a Jim Carrey rip-off and a unoriginal comedian. Containing gross and obscene behavior such as vomiting and flatulence, it has many offensive, racist representations. Though not appropriate for the young, this movie will only amuse the very juvenile and immature. Most people may want THE PEST to be exterminated.