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Hot to Trot (1988)



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After his mother's death, Fred P. Cheney (Bob Goldthwaith) must share the family financial business with his scheming stepfather Walter Sawyer (Dabney Coleman) in this misfired comedy. Fred also inherits Don, a talking horse who provides him with hot tips on the stock market. Don's voice is provided by John Candy, and Virginia Madsen plays Fred's romantic interest Allison Rowe. Mr. Ed and Francis the Talking Mule must be rolling over in their graves over this uneven comedy attempt. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi
PG (adult situations/language)
Action & Adventure , Comedy
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Warner Home Video

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Bobcat Goldthwait
as Fred P. Chaney
Dabney Coleman
as Walter Sawyer
Virginia Madsen
as Allison Rowe
Jim Metzler
as Boyd Osborne
Cindy Pickett
as Victoria Peyton
Tim Kazurinsky
as Leonard
Garry Kluger
as Pomeroy
Mary Gross
as Ms. French
Deanna Oliver
as Lorraine
Harry Caesar
as Gideon Cole
Allen Williams
as Ted Braithwaite
Lonny Price
as Frank
Jack Whitaker
as Himself
Tom Wolski
as Michael Murphy
Kevin Furlong
as Dennis Riday
Edmund Stoiber
as Head Steward
Frank Morriss
as Track Announcer
Virginia Eubanks
as Sawyer's Secretary
James Hong
as Boss
Donald Hotton
as Minister
Vyto Ruginis
as Mr. Pandolfi
Joseph R. Sicari
as Bill Freuhauf
Robert Towers
as Hotel Clerk
Estelle Reiner
as Mrs. Goldblatt
Peter Hobbs
as Veterinarian
Burgess Meredith
as Don's Dad [uncredited]
Dennis Tufano
as Partygoer
Alison Moir
as Partygoer
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Critic Reviews for Hot to Trot

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

Hot to Trot is a movie to make ninnies whinny, audiences gag and horses hide their heads.

Full Review… | April 21, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It`s true that there has been a shocking dearth of talking-horse pictures lately, but even so, Hot to Trot has few pleasures to offer.

Full Review… | April 21, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The humor is so low that it could justifiably be called subterranean.

Full Review… | April 21, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

I am not going to try to tell you that this one-joke, talking-horse comedy is, in any meaningful sense, a good movie. What I am going to say is that it's a little better than my rock-bottom expectations led me to predict.

Full Review… | April 21, 2015
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Although Michael Dinner's direction is noticeably better than the material, the film aims consistently for the lowest common denominator.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Hot to Trot is an unbridled disaster, a screwball horseplay so lame you want to put it out of its misery. Equus is funnier.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hot to Trot

Those are the horse's front teeth. Fred Chaney is a good for nothing son with little going for him other than his mother married a rich business executive. Unfortunately his mother dies, but fortunately she owns half the executive's company and leaves it to him...she also leaves him a talking horse. The stepfather tries to hornswoggle Fred's side of the business. Fred will partner with his talking horse to outsmart the executive. "He's like a member of the family." "Which side?" Michael Dinner, director of Heaven Help Us, Off Beat, The Crew, Outlaw Country, Clementine, Wild Blue, and episodes from the television series Justified, Grey's Anatomy, Wonder Years, and Chicago Hope, delivers Hot to Trot. The storyline for this picture is ridiculous but entertaining to watch to see how it unfolds. The script is average but contains some sequences worth a giggle. The acting is below par and the cast includes Bobcat Goldthwait, Dabney Coleman, John Candy, Virginia Madsen, and Jim Metzler. "You can't live with me." "Why?" "Because you're a horse." Hot to Trot is a movie I watched repeatedly as a kid as it was always on HBO. I came across it on HBOGO and decided to watch it again for the first time in a long time; well, I understand why I enjoyed it as a kid, it was fun in a "what if they could" kind of way, but this is definitely a below average movie that was a bit disappointing. I would only watch this if you were raised in the 80s. "Darling, don't be a chicken shit." Grade: C-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

I loved Bobcat, but these horses can't act! I enjoyed this silly comedy anyway. It's got a lot of funny jokes, so I found it entertaining even thought the horses got on my nerves from time to time.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Pure cheesy goodness. A childhood fave, as well. :)

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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