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My Blue Heaven (1990)

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Herbert Ross directed this Nora Ephron-scripted buddy comedy starring Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, and Joan Cusack. Steve Martin plays Vinnie Antonelli, a street smart mobster who agrees to turn state's evidence and is forced to move to Fryburg, California as part of the witness relocation program. Rick Moranis plays the nebbish FBI agent Barney Coopersmith, who is assigned to help Vinnie adjust to small town life. Instead, Vinnie helps Barney come out of his shell, much to the consternation of

PG-13,

Comedy

Nora Ephron

Jun 1, 2004

Warner Bros. Pictures

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It's hideously unfunny, falling well beneath the capabilities of everyone involved...Ross isn't building a comedy here, he's trying to survive one.

August 22, 2010 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

The contrived plot is a bit gooey.

July 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Unique comedy with Steve Martin in great form.

October 30, 2004

Savagely unfunny and unbelievably stupid.

April 14, 2003 | Comments (3)
San Francisco Examiner

Agreeably silly. Merengue, baby!

July 26, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

One of Steve Martin's most memorably amusing performances.

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for My Blue Heaven

You would think that, given the cast (Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Joan Cusack, Carol Kane, William Hickey, Daniel Stern, et al), crew (director Herbert Ross, screenwriter Nora Ephron), and the premise (a street smart gangster goes into witness protection, and tries to adjust to life in a small California town, yet can't seem to stop committing crimes and lay low), that this would be a sure fire winning comedy, yet that just isn't the case.

Here's the thing: it's not a terrible movie, but it's not really that good or reaches its full potential. I still kinda liked it though, or at least a lot of it. It's not boring, but it ultimately fails to deliver where it should be absolutely awesome. Maybe it has to do with the fact that this is a mob comedy that happens to involve Nora Ephron who at the time was married to Nick Pilleggi who was involved with a similar mob film that came out around the same time: Goodfellas.

There's some good jokes and funny moments, but it really just feels like everyone is relying on the material to do most of the heavy lifting for them, and they just kinda sit back and phone it in a lot of times. Granted, Martin is pretty funny as the smarmy mobster, but it comes off as a flimsy caricature more often than not. Actually, that pretty much applies to the film overall.

I was shocked that this fell so flat. And It bugs me even more since I really can't figure out why this film didn't pan out as it should have. You could see this, as it works as the sort of thing that's good to watch late at night after a long day of work where you just need to kill some brain cells, but it's okay if you don't, as a lot of this is ridiculously predictable and unsurprising.
September 2, 2012
cosmo313
Chris Weber

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A fantastic cast in this movie. The story isn't very unique, but it's interesting enough. Overall, it's funny, and entertaining.
April 14, 2011
ajv2688

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Rick Moranis AND Steve Martin, how was I not going to like it?! It's funny, of course and cute. Steve as Vinny is a total crack up. My Blue heaven is just a happy little mafia movie and romcom all in one.
October 11, 2010
theylovealexis

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    1. Vinnie Antonelli: Nice day for a mow.
    – Submitted by John N (9 months ago)
    1. Hannah Stubbs: And where did you learn to jump start a car?
    2. Vinnie Antonelli: I learned it in the army.
    – Submitted by xniquet L (2 years ago)
    1. Barney Coopersmith: You dont tip FBI men!
    2. Vinnie Antonelli: Sure you do!
    – Submitted by xniquet L (2 years ago)
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