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GONE FISHIN’

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GONE FISHIN' is a lame movie about two cigar-chomping anglers who talk and act like idiots, played by Danny Glover and Joe Pesci. These hard-luck cases cannot get a break until they win a trip to the Florida Everglades. They load up their '68 Plymouth Barracuda and their modest fishing boat and hit the road. In Florida, the dim-bulbs lose their car to a huckster, Dekker, who woos women and bilks them out of their money. On TV, Joe and Gus are told of a $100,000 reward for the capture of Dekker and his stolen jewels and cash. Joe and Gus's fishing trip turns into a romp through caves and harrowing escapes from alligators until Dekker is brought to justice.

This very inane comedy is so formulaic, even a small child will be able to predict the plot points that are foreshadowed loud and clear. The comedy is limited to slapstick fare, and these two fellows have a very limited range of motion. Willie Nelson appears briefly as a master fisherman, but his presence doesn’t save the film. One supporting character gives a homosexual twist further souring this as a family picture. There is no sex or nudity and just a little action violence, but even the little ones will be bored by the shallow acting and stunts by these anglers.

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(B, L, V, N, A, D, M) Light moral worldview of good overcoming evil; 1 obscenity & many uses of the words "holy schmokes" & "friggen"; moderate action violence including boat chases, woman falls in water, fires accidentally started, man hit by lightening, man slaps man, & threat with gun; women in bikini; no sex; alcohol use; smoking; and, miscellaneous immorality including car theft & brief homosexual innuendo

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Every so often, a survey comes out that says that fishing is one of America’s top leisure time activities. Wishing to capture the fishing crowd, GONE FISHIN’ is a lame movie showing two dolts, Danny Glover and Joe Pesci, who dumb themselves down to cigar-chomping anglers who talk and act like idiots. Their award winning trip ends up as a crime solving caper rather than a quest for the “big one.”

The movie begins with the leads as boys in New Jersey, casting lines outside a factory. Young Gus (Danny Glover) sees young Joe, (Joe Pesci), who throws a cigar into a drainage pipe filled with flammable liquid. The fire eventually goes to the factory, causing a black-out across the city. Thus, the heroes are labeled as hard-luck cases who cannot get a break. Jump ahead 36 years, and Gus and Joe find out that they have won a trip to the Florida Everglades in a “Why We Want to Wish in Florida” contest. They load up their ’68 Plymouth Barracuda and their very modest fishing boat and hit the road.

In Florida, the dim-bulbs lose their car to a huckster, Dekker Massey (Nick Brimble ) who woos women and bilks them out of their money. On TV, Joe and Gus are told of a $100,000 reward for the capture of Dekker and his stolen jewels and cash. Joe and Gus set out to angle Dekker . Their travels in air boat and on foot lead them to two women Rita (Rosanna Arquette) and Angie (Lynn Whitfield) who are also on a quest for Dekker . Chaos and havoc turn Joe and Gus’s fishing trip into a romp through caves and harrowing escapes from alligators until Dekker is brought to justice.

This very inane comedy is so formulaic, even a small child will be able to predict the plot points that are foreshadowed loud and clear. Gus talks about Joe’s bad memory, and then he remembers an important clue. Joe complains about Gus’s sleepwalking, and suddenly he walks in the night asleep. Comedy is mostly limited to slapstick fare, but these two doughy fellows have a very limited range of motion. Strangely, these two light fires unintentionally several times, which is played for laughs but doesn’t get any. (This is GONE FIRE STARTING.)

Willie Nelson appears briefly as a master fisherman, but his presence doesn’t save the film. At one time, he has the men go through a mantra of “how to cast.” Somehow the words “Flick and dip” contains some wonderful meaning, and the words are repeated many times, but they are used to no effect. One supporting character, a waiter, gives a homosexual innuendo out of nowhere, further dampening entertainment effect and souring this as a family picture. There is no sex or nudity and just a little action violence, but even the little ones will be bored by the shallow acting and stunts by these anglers. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau at least have charm as grumpy old men. GONE FISHIN involves stupid middle aged men who don’t fish.

Please direct your comments to:

Michael Eisner, Chairman & CEO, Walt Disney Company

(Buena Vista, Caravan, Hollywood, Miramax, & Touchstone Pictures)

500 South Buena Vista Street

Burbank, CA 91521

(818) 560-1000

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Now more than ever we’re bombarded by darkness in media, movies, and TV. Movieguide® has fought back for almost 40 years, working within Hollywood to propel uplifting and positive content. We’re proud to say we’ve collaborated with some of the top industry players to influence and redeem entertainment for Jesus. Still, the most influential person in Hollywood is you. The viewer.

What you listen to, watch, and read has power. Movieguide® wants to give you the resources to empower the good and the beautiful. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support.

You can make a difference with as little as $7. It takes only a moment. If you can, consider supporting our ministry with a monthly gift. Thank you.

Movieguide® is a 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible.


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