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Men At Work (1990)

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50

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

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Average Rating: 2.7/5
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Movie Info

A pair of garbage workers (Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez) are shocked to find the body of a city councilman in one of their trash cans. With help from a supervisor (Keith David), the duo must solve the case and find the man's killer while hiding the body from the cops. Estevez also directed and provided the screenplay for Men at Work. ~ John Bush, Rovi

PG-13,

Comedy

Jun 4, 2002

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (16) | DVD (4)

The grotesque practical jokes perpetrated against two interfering bumblers are genuinely funny, while Estevez and Sheen remain cutely goofy even when indulging themselves in this adolescent idiocy.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The movie's desire to please is tireless, also engaging. Mr. Estevez's screenplay is not entirely coherent, but it has a number of comically crackpot lines.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Like the jokes, the brothers' rapport seems recycled from childhood. Sheen and Estevez are hardly working.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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It's just not much of a motion picture, dropping the potential of a unique workplace perspective to deliver static monkey business, streaked with leftover clown make-up from Weekend at Bernie's.

August 30, 2010 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

Lame trash men comedy, early Estevez and Sheen.

February 23, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Despite its ample flaws, Men at Work is never boring and often is a lot of fun; however, it would have benefitted from the pruning of a few of its misfired visual gags,

February 4, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Banal brotherly project concocted up by real life siblings Sheen and Estevez. An uneven and unfunny ruse under the dour direction of Estevez

May 31, 2003
TheWorldJournal.com

The Sheen brothers display how useless they are in this, the dumbest of dumb comedies, proof that they'll never be confused with the Marx Brothers.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Golf clap!

April 6, 2003
MovieCrypt.com

In fairness to the two actors, who have appeared in much better films, they don't have much to work with here.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Just tell me why?

February 2, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

At times fun, at others too smart for it's own good. It's big flaw: the long, drawn-out ending.

August 1, 2002

Men at Work stinks up the joint worse than the garbage that the title characters haul.

July 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

The garbage man motif is pretty fitting.

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Men at Work will be a painful experience even for fans of the stars.

September 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Men At Work

If you always wanted to see brothers Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez together in a film, watch this movie. It's a story you may have seen before, but it's still fun and exciting and it's got the two of them, so why not. I liked it.
April 14, 2011
ajv2688

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A true guilty pleasure, Men at Work sees Carl (Charlie Sheen) and James (Emilio Estevez) as two no hope surfers/garbage men who pipe dream about opening their own surf shop. Carl has a slightly disturbed habit of spying on his neighbors with binoculars and "seriously aggravating situations without changing the course of history" by occasionally shooting them with a pellet gun.

After an evening of beer and Trivial Pursuit, Carl and James witness City Councilman Jack Berger (Darrell Larson) seemingly assaulting his campaign manager Susan Wilkins (Leslie Hope) in her apartment across the street. As she runs out Carl shoots Berger with the pellet gun. He and James miss two men then strangle Berger and leave with his body. The following day they happen across Berger's discarded corpse on their garbage route, and, fearing they may be implicated in the murder, hide the body. Madcap antics ensure as they try to figure out who killed Berger and why.

There's lots to like in this silly comedy, from the inept hit men whose car bears the licence plates: HIT MEN, to the recurring joke of the misplaced tape (work it, work it), and the great chemistry between the two leads. But the highlight is Keith David as Louis, Carl and James' boss' brother in law who rides along with them in the garbage truck as an observer (as they are known troublemakers and on probation at work) and becomes mixed up in the movie's ensuing chaos. David is perfect as the unhinged Vietnam veteran, and from the sight gag of him doodling a helicopter firing missiles at innocent families on a boardwalk, to the infamous "another man's fries" line, to the hilarious kidnapping of the pizza boy "he was provokin me!" the character is a constant source of laughs.

Leave your brain at the door and enjoy.
November 5, 2010
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David Ladd

Super Reviewer

Men at Work is one of my Favourite Movies. It has many LOLs moments.
December 12, 2009
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Wahida K

Super Reviewer

An amusing little flick that is only good really cos of the Sheen brothers. They work well of each other and do produce some funny moments. Its very cheesey and predictable, the plot is sooo daft, almost like a cartoon lol but there aren't many flicks out there about trashmen right? the beginning is the better half of the movie, the Sheen boys fighting against the other rival pair of trashmen is the funniest.
August 11, 2009
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