The Pest (1997)
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A man discovers the lighter side of being hunted down like an animal in this manic comedy. Pestario "Pest" Vargas (John Leguizamo) is a low-rent con man from Miami's South Beach who has fallen deeply in debt to ill-tempered members of the Scottish mafia (complete with kilts). Desperate to raise $50,000 to stave off having his legs broken (and possibly turned into haggis), Vargas takes an offer for a very high paying one day job from Gustav Shank (Jeffrey Jones), a German businessman visiting
Feb 7, 1997 Wide
Jun 13, 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Pic exists solely to showcase Leguizamo's wild and crazy antics, which are very much an acquired taste.
When Mr. Leguizamo isn't doing third-rate ethnic parody, he is wallowing in scatological jokes that are so poorly prepared and executed that they make similar antics by Mr. Carrey play like classic routines.
Talented and versatile actor-comedian John Leguizamo indulges himself so totally with incessant mugging, mimicking and all-around showing off that he begins to wear out his welcome before the opening credit sequence is over.
This film is utterly without discipline or focus in a way that -- to one's shame --one eventually finds oddly endearing.
Obviously, someone must have told Leguizamo he's a comic genius. Whoever did that isn't his friend.
It seems to be targeted at eight-year-old boys with attention-deficit disorder, and could have been more competently made by any one of them.
Even surrounded by unbearable sloppiness, Leguizamo is fascinating to watch.
If you have any doubt that John Leguizamo is not funny, this movie will handily reinforce that notion.
The script and Leguizamo's talents don't mesh, so the actor comes off as more offensive than funny.
There is not a socioeconomic, political, ethnic or gender group that is left unoffended.
Quick, someone find a no-pest strip - or even a fly swatter or a good bug spray.
A revoltingly bad stinker that is easily in the running for the worst film of the decade.
By their nature, pests are meant to get under your skin and this one certainly does.
This movie defies review. To critique it would be like writing about a restaurant that only serves birdseed. Of course, humans don't like birdseed -- it's not meant for our species.
Essentially a collection of ethnic and bodily function jokes punctuated by chases.
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