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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.
December 23, 2010
Oh how the mighty John Candy has fallen. No wonder he died in the middle of the making of this film.
½ January 1, 2011
i actualy thought this was funny john candy makes it funny hes a funny guy richard lewis is funny too so i think its funny
½ December 26, 2009
Don't be fooled, just because you see John Candy's name on the poster doesn't make this a good film. This is just a boring movie with a boring plot and boring characters.
½ November 28, 2009
Wagons East! isn't really so much a bad film as it is a film designed for a niche. The jokes take a certain brand of humor to appreciate, a type of humor that is somewhat rare.

The film itself is similar to Blazing Saddles, in fact it could be classified as the Poor Man's BS, in a sense. If you liked Blazing Saddles, you just may enjoy Wagons East! as well.
August 2, 2009
humorous western parody. Laugh out loud John Candy performance is little weak in comedy, but plausible.
½ July 3, 2007
Ok, I think this was supposed to be funny, but somewhere along the line, they forgot to write a decent script... And trying to write/make the movie around Candy's death is a big no-no in my book...
½ June 14, 2007
Anyone who's heard me talk about the disdain I have for unfinished books being put together for sale after the author's death should understand that I have even more disdain when a movie is put together after the lead dies during production. John Candy's death turned this from a bad film into a sheer dud. Though it aspires to be, "Blazing Saddles" this film is not.
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
½ May 1, 2016
Funny premise. Not a funny movie.
April 22, 2016
Super funny, and this is why Rotten Egg sucks.
½ June 29, 2015
holy shit this movie is bad.
May 27, 2015
John Candy's last film. A dud. But he had an awesome career.
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).
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