Wagons East! Reviews

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Super Reviewer
January 19, 2013
Wagons East is an entertaining and underrated film that was the last feature starring John Candy, who died on the set of the film. The film does boast some flaws, but is nonetheless fun, humorous and well acted. Although not as great as other Western comedies, this is a film that still manages to overcome its flaws due to Candy's usually memorable screen presence. Wagons East is not as great as Blazing Saddles, but it manages to be a whimsical comedy that doesn't deserve the flack it has received. Although not the best John Candy film, this is not a bad movie either. In terms of a comedy, this is a humorous picture that definitely should be seen. The cast here are good and aside from John Candy, John C. McGinley is one of the standout aspects of the film as homosexual bookseller Julian. I thought he was very funny in his performance, and I always enjoy McGinley's work no matter what he does. Watching Wagons East, I don't understand all the hatred that the film has garnered upon its release and it definitely is an underrated movie that brings on a few good laughs, an interesting story and a few standout performances. Although it had its fair share of flaws, I quite enjoyed this comedy yarn and it doesn't deserve all the negative reviews it has received. Wagons East is no Blazing Saddles, but it makes a pretty mindless hour and a half of comedic fun that isn't that bad. This is one of those films that are underrated for what it is, and though it is far from the best Western comedy, it's not the worst. If you enjoy John Candy, give this one a shot. Unfortunately this was his final film, but at least he managed to make me laugh one last time with this one.
Super Reviewer
½ August 15, 2007
A fun western wagon trek with John Candy. I liked the funny gay cowboy character.
Super Reviewer
½ November 8, 2008
Meh, It's just so predictable and average. Very minimal laughs.
Super Reviewer
December 25, 2007
Super Reviewer
August 19, 2007
Funny parody of what would have happened if the settlers couldn't "hack it" and decided to just come back.
August 2, 2009
humorous western parody. Laugh out loud John Candy performance is little weak in comedy, but plausible.
July 2, 2007
never take a bad script when you are unhealthy because you'll die duriing filming and go out on a bad film
½ June 17, 2007
John Candy and Chris Farley both went out with mediocre Western spoofs. Attention hard living comedians: stay away from the Old West.
½ May 2, 2007
John Candy stars as a trail guide leading a group of disgruntled western settlers back to the east. Corny movie, but still funny
December 4, 2014
"Wagons East" is a sorry film that will only be remembered for John Candy's final performance. He stars as a wagon-train master who tries to lead a group of stupid settlers back to the East Coast. None of the jokes come through and none of the characters are funny or interesting. A sorry screenplay and a lack of direction sends "Wagons East" down a path of obscurity that few films ever experience. Turkey (0 out of 5 stars).
½ August 19, 2014
This was a funny movie.
April 21, 2014
No laughs in the script. Couldn't finish it.
½ December 14, 2013
He who rated such movie with positive feedback should surely be questioning his sanity.
July 12, 2013
Candy's last cinematic offering lacks in many areas, with a ploddingly slow first act, tasteless gags that run the gambit from toilet to rape, and a stock of stock cast of characters, complete with redneck brothers, saucy young bride and even the token 90s gay guy. However, at least director Peter Markle concedes with Wagons' short run time, competent cinematography with some nice desert vistas, and even the odd chuckle with some Looney Tunes-esque sight gags in the second and third acts and of course, Candy's trademark burly charm that reminds us that, even in the end, he was a true trooper.
½ April 22, 2013
This was funny! John Candy had a great last movie! They need to have more critics review these. Its way better than a 0.
½ August 4, 2012
A film as desolate and and empty as loss of John Candy. Considering his presence in the film, it ironically lacks soul. A sad way for John to end his life. Working on this. Roger Ebert said his legacy would survive this, and thank god it did.
June 24, 2012
Sloppy, boring, unfunny and stupid 'Wagons East' went way off-horizon.
April 6, 2012
A sad way for a wonderful comic talent to go out on.
½ March 21, 2012
While this was Candy's last movie (he died while filming it), it was not his worst. That would be It Seemed like a Good Idea at the Time.
This isn't a zero-worthy film, but no Spaceballs.
August 26, 2011
I was surprised that during this movie Candy didn't look as obese as I thought he was at this time. It actually looked like he had LOST a few lbs in fact!
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