Thursday, February 16, 2012

15/50x2: Brewster's Millions

It's funny that I really enjoyed John Candy as an actor, but I realized I hadn't seen quite a few of his films.

Candy is the sidekick, Spike Nolan, in Brewster's Millions to Monty Brewster (Richard Pryor). Brewster is a pitcher for the minor league team the Hackensack Bulls.

After a game the two get into a bar fight and are dropped from the team, and forced to stay in jail because they can't afford to post bail.

A man comes to the prison, bails the pair out and takes them to New York City. There, Brewster is notified that a relative of his had passed and has left him (his only living relative) his entire fortune - but of course there is a catch.

Brewster can either take $1 million up front or spend $30 million in 30 days and get the entire $300 million fortune. There are also a bunch of rules that he must follow, but the main one is that at the end of the 30 days he can have nothing of value, no assets that he didn't have prior.

If Brewster fails in any of the above then the law firm receives all of the funds that was left for Brewster.

So, for the remainder of the film Brewster goes nuts in his spending spree and he is not allowed to tell anyone about the $300 million only that he has inherited the $30 million.

Of course, the law firm is hoping for Brewster to fail and has inserted a junior lawyer, Warren (Stephen Collins), to do all he can to have Brewster just that. Angela Drake (Lonette McKee), a paralegal from the firm, must stay with Brewster and to keep track of his spending. She is also the fiance of Warren, but did not know about Warren's plans.

I really enjoyed the idea of this movie. And I am sure if I saw it in the 80s it would have been amazing, but it felt really aged.

It sort of reminded me a bit of Mr. Deeds with the fact that a relative that he had never met left him a large sum of money. Of course, Deeds didn't need to spend all of the money to make more, but it does sort of had that same vibe.

Again, I think it could have been better - and if it were re-made today it may be pretty decent.


1 comment:

  1. I love this mOvie, but I did see it in the 80s as a kid. It's definitely dated. But I love Pryor's craziness trying to spend the money and going crazy when people try to help him make more because they don't know.