Ruthless People Reviews
Overall: 88/100 B+
Review: Danny DeVito and Bette Midler really get a chance to showcase
their talents in this film. Whenever either one is on the screen, they
immediately grab your attention with the way that they completely give
themselves over to these roles. The delivery of their lines are
perfect, and the nuances of facial expression and body language from
both actors are exemplary examples of how to take comedy to a higher
Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater, as the kidnappers. also perform true
to their characters and provide solid performances. In addition, Anita
Morris and Bill Pullman add great entertainment values with their own
characters. Bill Pullman, particularly, does a phenomenal job with his
As far as the comedic part of this script goes, I have to give it an
A+. This film is so clever and the jokes never stop hitting the mark.
From the abundance of witty lines to the comical situations and the
many scenes that intertwine the two, this film is well worth the watch.
Some of the jokes were so direct and biting - but hilarious - I doubt
they'd be used in a similar comedy in today's time.
That being said, there were some choices in the script that took away
from the film.
The biggest plot hole was the fact that the kidnappers were able to
pull off their intelligent and elaborate scheme at the end of the film,
yet had been so easily deceived by DeVito's character which "triggered"
the kidnapping in the first place. This took away from the ending of
In addition, the ending scene of Bette Midler's character joining the
couple on the beach with the 3 of them "going off into the sunset",
after pushing DeVito's character off of the Santa Monica pier, was a
very odd choice. Barbara was established as a very nasty character and
while it can be said that her husband used her and maybe she gained
weight from being so unhappy, she didn't get any nicer at the end of
the film; There was no change in heart for her. So it was a bit odd
that she lost 20 pounds, took her husband's money and walked off into
the sunset without having to pay for her "ruthless" character, as
others did in the film, but getting rewarded for it instead. Not sure
if it was saying women can/do/should get away with that stuff or what
the message there was?
Furthermore, another plot hole was the fact that Anita Morris'
character had her picture with Sam published in the newspaper (after
the photos were found by the police) yet she wasn't contacted by the
police, nor did she make any note of her picture being in the newspaper
and even went on to keep "blackmailing" the police chief. This was odd,
though the situation and lines used here were hilarious.
*End of Spoiler Alert!*
The beginning of the film starts with an animation sequence that lasts
for about 2:35. It's not exactly the most enticing introduction and in
modern times, could be seen as kind of cheesy. Aside from that, the
flow and pace of the film were flawless and the editing and production
etc. warrant no complaints.
Overall this film is a really great comedy that delivered laughs
throughout the entire film. A very fun watch!