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Johnny Kelly (Michael Keaton) lives a double life: at home, he's the good apple, looking after his ailing mother (Maureen Stapleton) and sexually obsessed brother, Tommy (Griffin Dunne). But his not-so-secret life is as Johnny Dangerously, an up-and-coming criminal being groomed by local gangster Jocko Dundee (Peter Boyle). Johnny's crime money puts Tommy through law school, but, when his brother becomes district attorney, Johnny must protect him from the murderous Danny Vermin (Joe Piscopo).

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (9)

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  • Apr 28, 2020
    Directed by Amy Heckerling, here is a quick-witted huckster that gently elbows 1930s gangster film tropes. But although there is plenty going on, like the inclusion of star cameos, modern-day humorous references and lots of running gags, still a lot of the work - as humor can do over time - falls flat or is simply plain corny. It's not a tired work though.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2014
    A fun and entertaining spoof of the gangster genre, Johnny Dangerously pulls no punches. The story follows a kid named Johnny who joins a New York crime syndicate and rises to the top, but when his brother becomes a D.A. Johnny is forced to choose between his crime family and his blood family. Starring Michael Keaton, Peter Boyle, Joe Piscopo, Marilu Henner, and Danny DeVito, the film has a strong cast and they deliver some good performances. The slapstick and sight gags are also pretty well-done, though not all of the comedy works. The plot's a little weak too, but as far as parody films go Johnny Dangerously is one of the better one of the '80s.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 15, 2013
    So funny and entertaining, I really enjoyed it, even if some parts were a little too ridiculous. Most of the time this is a very cool movie. It is a spoof of 30s-40s gangster and film noir movies. If you like those movies, check this out.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2009
    A little-known 80's comedy that me and my family find quite funny...lots of quoteable lines here.
    Jared H Super Reviewer

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