The Master of Disguise (2002)



Critic Consensus: An ill-concieved attempt to utilize Dana Carvey's talent for mimicry, The Master of Disguise is an irritating, witless farce weighted down by sophomoric gags.

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Dana Carvey ventures into the world of PG-rated, family-oriented entertainment as star and co-writer of this light adventure comedy, which requires the actor to assume more than three dozen different identities. Carvey's primary role in Master of Disguise, however, is that of Pistachio Disguisey, an ordinary waiter with a hidden, mostly untapped talent for transforming himself into any persona he wishes. When his kindly parents, Mama (Edie McClurg) and Frabbrizio (James Brolin), are kidnapped by the evil thief Devlin (Brent Spiner), the usually meek Pistachio is forced to rescue them. Enlisting the help of his grandfather (Harold Gould), Pistachio learns that he is one of a long line of family members to have the power of "Energico," a mystical means of changing one's identity to suit any given situation, and Pistachio learns to use these powers to their fullest to defeat Devlin and win back his folks. Carvey's original idea for Master of Disguise was helped to the screen by executive producer Adam Sandler, a buddy of his from their time on NBC's Saturday Night Live. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi
PG (for mild language and some crude humor)
Comedy , Kids & Family
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Dana Carvey
as Pistachio Disguisey
Jennifer Esposito
as Jennifer Baker
Harold Gould
as Grandfather
James Brolin
as Frabbrizio Disguisey
Brent Spiner
as Devlin Bowman
Edie McClurg
as Mother
Austin Wolff
as Barney
Mark Devine
as Trent
Robert Machray
as Texas Man
Rachel Lederman
as Texas Wife
Bo Derek
as Herself
Erick Avari
as Cigar Maker
Jesse Ventura
as Himself
Kevin Nealon
as White Collar Executive
Carrick O'Quinn
as Henchman
Mitch Silpa
as Henchman
John Tenn
as Henchman
Ted Rooney
as Security Guard
Jonathan Loughran
as Security Guard
Tony Wilde
as Doug
Buddy Bolton
as Abe Lincoln
Leland Crooke
as Appraiser
Cole Sprouse
as Young Pistachio
Dylan Sprouse
as Young Pistachio
Brandon Molale
as Doorman
Virginia Hawkins
as Interview Woman
Michael DeLuise
as Businessman
Larry Cedar
as Businessman
Andrew Shaifer
as Liberty Bell Security Guard
Vincent Castellanos
as Art Dealer
Al Goto
as Ninja Warrior
Simon Rhee
as Ninja Warrior
Bill Cho Lee
as Mongolian Elder
Chao Li Chi
as Mongolian
Steve Gormley
as German Businessman
Christel Smith
as German Businesswoman
Ava Metz
as Another German
Patricia De Leon
as Waitress
Steven Hack
as Chemistry Teacher
Naya Rivera
as Captain America Kid
Andy Morrow
as Captain America Kid
Julius Ritter
as Captain America Kid
Brighton Hertzford
as Captain America Kid
Tracy E. Wilson
as Female Partygoer
Martha del Rio
as Housekeeper
Gabriel Pimentel
as Boxing Dummy
Brian Catalano
as Italian Officer
Berglind Icey
as Big Bottom Girl
Leasi Andrews
as Big Bottom Girl
Anna-Marie Simone Goddard
as Big Bottom Girl
Theresa Madelin Lin
as Big Bottom Girl
Adrian Armas
as Group Dancer
Gustavo Vargas
as Group Dancer
Jessica Keller
as Group Dancer
Paul Benshoof
as Group Dancer
Oscar Orosco
as Group Dancer
Andrea Bogart
as Group Dancer
Paulette Maxwell
as Group Dancer
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Critic Reviews for The Master of Disguise

All Critics (103) | Top Critics (32)

A film about as funny as a seeping wound.

Full Review… | May 29, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

Such a sad irony that Dana Carvey, who's made his name bringing celebrities to life with uncanny impersonations, should make such a lifeless movie based on characters of his own creation.

Full Review… | May 29, 2013
Associated Press
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George W. Bush in the flesh would have been much funnier than this movie's impersonation.

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
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There follows a fusillade of farts, dud sight gags and inconsequential butt jokes.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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The Master of Disguise represents Adam Sandler's latest attempt to dumb down the universe.

September 26, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

In just over a minute you can see everything that's wrong with this one-joke farce.

August 20, 2002
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Master of Disguise

The Master of Disguise is really the master. He use the disguise of a funny movie, but is just a sad way to lose time. Rotten.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Yeah. No. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler
Thomas Bowler

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It had his moments, but overall fails as a comedy. Grade: C-

Matt Goodman
Matt Goodman

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