My Blue Heaven

1990

My Blue Heaven

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Total Count: 17

59%

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Herbert Ross directed this Nora Ephron-scripted buddy comedy starring Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, and Joan Cusack. Steve Martin plays Vinnie Antonelli, a street smart mobster who agrees to turn state's evidence and is forced to move to Fryburg, California as part of the witness relocation program. Rick Moranis plays the nebbish FBI agent Barney Coopersmith, who is assigned to help Vinnie adjust to small town life. Instead, Vinnie helps Barney come out of his shell, much to the consternation of divorced mother and relentless district attorney Hannah Stubbs (Joan Cusack).

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Critic Reviews for My Blue Heaven

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Audience Reviews for My Blue Heaven

  • Mar 02, 2017
    Steve Martin as a street smart New York Eye-taliano mob guy let loose in super straight suburban whitebread America. Hilarity ensues. It's not as good as it should be, but it'll still do. Fuhgetaboutit. One of my guilty pleasures.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 20, 2016
    Talking about people I miss seeing in movies, Rick Moranis is one of those that I also miss. I saw Honey, I Shrunk the Kids about 10,000 times when I was a little kid. But, at the very least in Moranis' case, he had a self-imposed hiatus from acting in order to raise his children after his wife passed away. So, as much as I miss him, he gets a lot of respect from me for, really, giving away a career that made him a millionaire in order to do what was right for his family. It takes a real man to do that, so I've got nothing but respect for him. And, really, I've always loved Steve Martin as well, so this was a movie that I really needed to see. Well, not really needed to see. Nobody ever really needs to see a movie, but I definitely wanted to, just to see what these two could do together. You know, the weird thing about this movie, is that it's based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi. If you're familiar with this, then you know that Wiseguy was developed into GoodFellas, a masterpiece of crime cinema and just cinema in general. And both movies were released in 1990, within a month of each other actually, so that must have been quite something to see. The only difference is that this movie, obviously, is far more comical than GoodFellas. And it was actually written by Pileggi's wife. As far as the movie is concerned, I can't say that it was a great comedy. I don't think it even comes close to that, but I was certainly more than entertained by this. I'd say it was a solid movie at best and, really, nothing more than that. Rick Moranis and Steve Martin have some real good chemistry and that's what really carries the movie past its relatively basic set-up. Yes, it features an FBI agent having to deal with a former mob member, who has been put in the witness protection program, and his antics as he prepares to testify against his former boss at a trial. These antics involve stealing cars and other misdemeanors. But, really, the film is more about how Vinnie, Steve Martin, helps Barney, Moranis, come out of his shell after his wife left him for a baseball player. It's certainly a movie that you have seen before and, will more likely, see again. There's nothing really that unique about it, but that's not really the point of it all. Though if you are looking for something that's new and fresh, this certainly won't be it. If you're looking for something that's easy to digest and will entertain you, but not enthrall you, then this will do just fine. I think the main problem is the fact is that, honestly, time hasn't been kind to the film. Well, time has certainly been kinder to this film than others of its ilk. But some of the jokes in the film do fall flat. Maybe they also fell flat back in the time, so that's also very possible. But, I don't know, some of them really did miss the mark. By and large, however, the movie did keep entertained thanks to Moranis and Martin's chemistry. Is it the best comedy you will ever see? No, of course not. I enjoyed it, even if I wouldn't fully recommend it. It's not a movie that you really need to go out of your way to see. It's just if you have it available on any of your chosen streaming services, then watch it if you want something silly. You don't need to buy it or anything like that. Solid movie, so I can't really complain much.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2012
    You would think that, given the cast (Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Joan Cusack, Carol Kane, William Hickey, Daniel Stern, et al), crew (director Herbert Ross, screenwriter Nora Ephron), and the premise (a street smart gangster goes into witness protection, and tries to adjust to life in a small California town, yet can't seem to stop committing crimes and lay low), that this would be a sure fire winning comedy, yet that just isn't the case. Here's the thing: it's not a terrible movie, but it's not really that good or reaches its full potential. I still kinda liked it though, or at least a lot of it. It's not boring, but it ultimately fails to deliver where it should be absolutely awesome. Maybe it has to do with the fact that this is a mob comedy that happens to involve Nora Ephron who at the time was married to Nick Pilleggi who was involved with a similar mob film that came out around the same time: Goodfellas. There's some good jokes and funny moments, but it really just feels like everyone is relying on the material to do most of the heavy lifting for them, and they just kinda sit back and phone it in a lot of times. Granted, Martin is pretty funny as the smarmy mobster, but it comes off as a flimsy caricature more often than not. Actually, that pretty much applies to the film overall. I was shocked that this fell so flat. And It bugs me even more since I really can't figure out why this film didn't pan out as it should have. You could see this, as it works as the sort of thing that's good to watch late at night after a long day of work where you just need to kill some brain cells, but it's okay if you don't, as a lot of this is ridiculously predictable and unsurprising.
    Chris W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 22, 2011
    A pretty good comedy film. It drags a bit in the middle, but it's very entertaining. Steve Martin is actually good as an Italian, or at least in this film. I love Joan Cusack and Rick Moranis...not sure how I feel about them together though. Overall, a pretty good comedy movie full of genuine laughs. I recommend it!
    Jameson W Super Reviewer

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