Loose Cannons (1990)
In this buddy film from Bob Clark, two Washington cops (Gene Hackman and Dan Aykroyd) team to pursue ex-Nazis and Israelis who are battling over a home movie starring Adolf Hitler.
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Critic Reviews for Loose Cannons
Dan Aykroyd's dexterous multipersonality schtick is the only redeeming feature of this chase-heavy comedy.
Mr. Hackman and Mr. Aykroyd deserve much better. They really do. Each gives a thoroughly professional performance that is consistently undercut by the direction of Mr. Clark.
Hackman mostly just stands around watching Aykroyd run through his exertions with the look of a man who has something unspeakable on the sole of his shoe.
Fires nothing but blanks
Not one of the best efforts from either Hackman or Aykroyd.
Quite embarrassing, really, especially with the overacting of Dan Aykroyd.
Audience Reviews for Loose Cannons
Looking for an interesting combination in casting? well look no further, Dan Aykroyd, Gene Hackman and Dom Deluise head this cop buddy flick. This film followed on from the popularity of the 'Lethal Weapon' franchise as did many others of the era and they are all pretty much the same. The unique carrot on a stick here is the casting really.
It certainly is an interesting choice, 80's motor mouthed quirky comedy legend Aykroyd, hard assed no nonsense Hackman and farcical spoof maestro Deluise (of the Mel Brooks/Gene Wilder spoof pack) all thrown together. This is the films downfall basically, the three leads are totally incompatible and never gel.
The film is your usual regular mismatched cop duo comedy/thriller with all the regular mismatched cop duo moments and sequences you would expect. Action is slow (with Deluise it has to be) and uninspiring and the attempted funny moments are just poor. Aykroyd is suppose to have a multiple personality disorder which you would think could be comedy gold...it isn't, its embarrassing to watch.
Pretty much a complete failure on all aspects, Hackman just doesn't fit into this kind of lunacy and it shows. Tries to be along the same lines as 'See No Evil, Hear No Evil' with Wilder and Pryor but doesn't come close.
Only a few funny scenes provided by Dan Aykroyd, including one in which he imitates the Road Runner, save this uneven cop comedy.More
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