What You Need To Know:
(LLL, V, S, M) Roughly 30 obscenities & 4 profanities; violence in attempted murder of Wilder in brewery vat; sexual innuendo in scanty negligee outfit; and, a scam operation involving deceiving others about a brewery owner's death.
In the film ANOTHER YOU, pathological liar George (Gene Wilder) and ex-con Eddie Dash (Richard Pryor) find their lives inextricably intertwined as they each do what they do best: lie and deceive.
As the film opens (where else but Beverly Hills), Eddie has just been paroled, and before long is assigned to accompany newly released mental patient George to various places. However, when they go to a nearby restaurant, several people refer to George as “Abe Fielding,” and the fun begins as liar George wants to tell the truth but no one believes him when he does.
It turns out, however, that Abe Fielding owns a huge, profitable brewery, plus vast land tracts and other extensive holdings. So George ends up at his new home–a luxurious mansion complete with choice accoutrements, a large Doberman and a gorgeous wife. Eddie accompanies him, bluffing his way into Abe alias George’s wife’s good graces. Of course, Eddie also sees fit to lift numerous of the choice accoutrements, saving up for his eventual rainy day.
The film contains several funny scenes. In one, Eddie, who supposedly plays a hot saxophone, is asked to play with a nightclub group. Earlier, however, after he finished playing the instrument on the street for money, he would simply unplug a recording and put the sax away with his audience oblivious to such improvisation.
As the plot develops, we learn that Fielding’s so-called friends and family are all actors, hired to move the scam along for the man at the helm of Fielding’s brewery and holdings. Once George’s usefulness in the scam is complete, however, the brewery manager attempts to have Eddie kill him on a hunting trip and believes the mission complete when George’s body is viewed in the morgue.
After the eulogies at George/Abe’s funeral, and the casket is closed, George begins to yodel and lift the casket lid. His wife, Elaine, who has been resistant to his love overtures, gleefully joins in. Since she’s also a down-and-out actress-singer, the yodeling paves the way for their relationship to bloom.
Of significance, during the denouement of ANOTHER YOU as George tries to tell the truth about his real identity to Fielding’s friends and associates, all the records have been destroyed, and besides, all the friends are playing roles and become confused as to whether they are acting or not and about George’s real identity. All this confusion makes for a funny scene and also proves thought provoking.
The Bible has much to say about both lying and deceit and condemns both. As St. Paul tell us in Ephesians 4:25: “Therefore, putting away lying, ‘Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor.” Also, in Ephesians 5:6: “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the children of disobedience.” Thus, although ANOTHER YOU has some very funny moments, the promotion of lying and deceit is evil and can only encourage immoral conduct and behavior which will not edify its viewers.