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A writer for a daytime soap opera is knocked unconscious during an accident and awakens inside the fictional world of the television show. This comedy follows the writer's efforts to make sense of this bizarre occurrence, and to manipulate the fictional world to his own ends.
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As the title suggests, Delerious is a completely off the wall story, it?s certainly original but quite silly. Maybe worth a watch on tv, if you can?t find anything else to watch!
John Candy ends up in a world of his own creation in Delirious. The film follows a writer for the daytime soap opera "Beyond Our Dreams," and through happenstance he ends up getting stuck in his own show. Co-staring Mariel Hemingway, Raymond Burr, and Robert Wagner, the film has a solid cast. However, it's Candy's charisma that carries the film and sets the tone. Still, the writing's rather smart and provides some good satire on soap operas while delivering over-the-top comedy that works really well. But as good as the humor is, it all sort fizzles out in the last act. Delirious has its problems, but it's also a lot of fun and is full of laughs.
I wouldn't rate this as Candy's best comedy, but it is entertaining nonetheless. His portrayal of a writer deeply involved with his characters on an emotional level really lends credence to what he does once he can interact with them personally.
There are running gags throughout that will definitely make you chuckle- such as needing to wait for the cable guy because you have "Bars on 2 & 7" or "Oh no, you're going to give me a brain tumor!" (in regards to how melodramatic soaps are). Blake Hedison's upped dosage of medication and results really are enough to make your cringe. And my personal favorite- John Candy's reaction to Robert Wagner- priceless!
The writing is clever (again, keeping inside jokes), and the stabs at the soap industry are ones any one has made a thousand times but it is done with such earnest exaggeration that it does not get stale.
This is more of a causal comedy than a gut buster but I do not think it should not be missed by any John Candy fan.
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