When warden jake puloskis request for funds to remodel the prison are turned down by eli rockwood jake takes matters into his own hands. He msterminds a hilarious scheme that turns the run-down prison into a country club.
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I must agree with the very first comment: this movie sucks very, veryhard. Despite having a very big B-list cast, the cover of this film(for those who aren't watching it on Comedy Central during a weekdaywhich is probably the only exposure this film will ever get) tries toput the blame on Dangerfield but in reality is just a paycheck forevery has-been comedian from the '80s. Randy Quaid? Check. Ed Begley,Jr? Check. The voice of Lisa Simpson? She can now say that MaximumOverdrive wasn't her only horrible flick: double check. And so many,many others.The saddest thing about this flick is that it was so lazily writtenwith already-told jokes. Nothing about this movie outside of itsexistence is funny. You're better off watching paint dry. This isdefinitely direct-to-video scraping-the-bottom-of-the-barrel stuff thatstill believes in the old video adage: throw an old-time star on thecover and you'll get some money back off of the rental. Considering thedays of video rental are changing, consider this one of the lastexamples of putting out garbage.The only use this movie has if you're having trouble falling asleep.It'll get you there.
Watch it, you'll be surprised. It's great to see Rodney, though not in the best of health, still able to pull it off.Not his best, but still a very entertaining flick.
I got exactly what I expected from this film. An off beat film that delivers just enough laughs. Old School 80's type comedy. Alot of cameo's from comedians I didn't even know were still alive. It was nice to see Paul Rodriquez again. I used to like his stand up routine. For those of you who don't know who he is, he was like the origional George Lopez. I always wondered what had happend to him.The film could have really done without Randy Quaid and Kirsty Alley. They're both annoying and have some really annoying scenes together. Harland Williams has a few funny scenes in this film. They should have given Tony Cox some decent dialogue though. It was a waste having him in this film and giving his character a quiet persona.Nell Carter also has a cameo role in this film. I'm pretty damn sure I'm not the only one who also forgot about her.
I can not believe this movie has gotten a low rating. A low rating to a Rodney D movie is something like The Godson... this is a great comedy that seems like it was one of those watchable comedies from the 80's that used to get made before every director went chasing acadamey awards, emmis, CGO break throughs....... well, this movie was hard for me to beleive it was done in 2002.It's refreshing to see an old school type of comedy that you can just sit and enjoy and not see some god damn actor try to do some award winning acadamey award speech, and not go for some extreme over the top gross out kinda scene, not to mention i'm glad its a comedy thats not family or a teen based one.Rondeys the wardon of a jail somewhere in Texas. But instead of that story about how all the inmates hate him, its the oppisote, they love him, he loves them, they get alogn great and he takes care of them like family. But the guy who owns the prison played by Randy Qaid wants to fire Rodney and sell off the prison or something. Anyway, he wont give them money to fix the prison up so Rodney lets a few of his boys sneak out of prison and steal some equipment from Randy Quaid's charactor's Walmart kinda shopping mall. And some misshappens happen along the way.Its just a fun movie, it's funny in parts, not extreme funny, but humours enough to pass as decent. It's got a hell of a cast of known faces who all work well. So ignore these morons rating it low winging about it not being like Back To School... why would he ever make a duplicate movie? What, did they expect a remake or something of BTS? GET OVER IT and enjoy this as something else. And respect that these kind of movies that are just for fun like you dont see much of anymore thats not aimed at Teenagers, family or a parody of some sort, plus it doesnt go relying a script written around a CGI effect. It's a plane and simple old school kind of comedy and I give it the thumbs up.Glad to see Phil Lamar (Mad TV) in this movie. I been wondering what the UPS Guys been up to.
This review is from: Back By Midnight (DVD) In one of his last movie roles, an ailing Rodney Dangerfield plays Jake Puloski, the warden of a run down, minimum security prison. Randy Quaid plays Eli Rockwood, the owner of that privately run prison, as well the owner of Rockwood Department Stores. When Jake asks Eli for money to get new equipment and to make repairs to the prison, Eli refuses. Eli also informs Jake that his contract as prison warden will not be renewed, which means that Jake will be forced to retire in two months. Jake comes up with a scheme to have the inmates sneak out of prison and steal exercise equipment and furniture from different Rockwood Department Stores, to be put to use in the prison. Of course, the prisoners have to be back by midnight in their cells before the guard does his nightly bed check.Like Rodney, the jokes in this movie are old and tired. The supporting cast does its best to carry the film, especially Gilbert Gottfried as a security guard, Harland Williams as the sheriff, and Mad TV's Phil LaMarr as a convict named Mile Away. The funniest scene involves a Valentine's Day dance in the prison. Any inmate who doesn't have a wife or a girlfriend is given an inflatable doll to dance with! With regard to the DVD, it doesn't have a theatrical trailer or any other bonus features. For die hard fans of Rodney Dangerfield, like myself, this movie is worth watching once. For casual fans, you'd be better off watching one of Rodney's earlier, classic movies.
Rodney Dangerfield isn't the main character of this movie. He's barelyin it. Most of the screen time is dominated by unfunny jokes. Onerunning gag is that a character is named Jerk Off. There are also lotsof erection jokes, where the punch line is someone has an erection.This movie is as funny as Kirstie Ally's British accent is convincing.This movie started off like a weak action movie: five minutes of backstory and then bam! Unfunny jokes. But, aside from the terriblewriting, the movie is also poorly directed and the acting is terrible.Also, this movie does the old bad comedy clichÃ© of having lots ofwell-known B-movie actors. Harland Williams, Gilbert Godfried, RandyQuaid, and Phil La Mar. These are just some of the people that spendmore time on the screen than Rodney, even though he's billed as themain character. Don't be surprised to find this movie at a drug storeselling for five bucks. Even that is too much.
This review is from: Back By Midnight (DVD) Back by Midnight has to be the worst movie i have seen in a long time. It was a waste of my money.I feel ripped off.I feel bad for Rodney Dangerfield to be associated with such a horrible script.His name was the only reason I bought the Movie without ever having seen it before.It was a waste of 90 minutes of my life to even watch it. Rodney Dangerfield must have needed the money when he agreed to do this film.I will remember Rodney for his stand up comedy, for the Movies Easy Money, and Back to School.Back By Midnight was a waste of a great comics talent.R.I.P. Rodney you are still one of the comic greats. But this Movie is a BIG AND TOTAL DUD:(
I've noticed over the years that when a rock star makes his final albumbefore his death, that album, if it's not his best, is usually prolificin some way and worthy of a listen at least. The album is usually goodenough to cement a legacy. However, when it comes to comedians,especially mainstream comics who star in their own vehicles, theirfinal movie is usually God awful. John Belushi had "Neighbors", JohnCandy had "Wagon's East", Chris Farley had "Almost Heroes", PhilHartman had "Small Soldiers", and Rodney Dangerfield had this movie."Back By Midnight", although it may not have been Dangerfield's verylast film, is weak in every sense of the word. It wrapped filming in2002 according to this website, but it was not released on DVD until2005, the year after Dangerfield died. It's safe to say that it wouldhave stayed on the shelves if Dangerfield was still alive. I have beena big fan of Dangerfield's since I was in my early teens, and it painsme to see how rotten this film was.What amazes me the most is that a number of other talented people tookpart in a movie with a very weak premise to begin with. Dangerfield, agreat comedian who usually played his comic persona on film, is aprison warden who houses a close knit group of inmates. When the ownerof the prison, Colonel-Tom-Parker-meets-Sam-Walton billionaire EliRockwood (Randy Quaid), cuts funding for the prison, the warden sends agroup of inmates to break out of prison, rob Rockwood's eponymousconvenience stores of consumer goods, and break back into prison withthe loot. By taking what's in the convenience stores, they are (Iguess) taking what they believe Rockwood owes them.With this flimsy premise, the movie sputters and stalls frequently. Ontop of that, the jokes that you think would be this movie's salvationare not even close to funny, not even from Mr. No Respect himself. Thatis incredibly disappointing too, because you'd expect a movie withOscar-nominated (!!!) Randy Quaid, Kirstie Alley, Gilbert Gottfried, EdBegley Jr., Yeardley Smith, and others to be at least a little bitfunny. Instead, Quaid plays a character we've seen before in countlessother comedies, Alley plays a British heiress with an awful Britishaccent (could this movie not afford an actual British person!?!), andevery joke was poorly set up and poorly timed by virtually every memberof this ensemble. It was just a bad movie."Back By Midnight" was rated R mainly for language (and one scene ofnudity). The irony in this fact is that many of the jokes are soaudience insulting that even kids (if you edit out the language) wouldwalk out of this film. The physical gags are also incrediblypredictable, especially when Alley's pet monkey torments Quaid'scharacter. When the monkey grabs a pair of scissors and jumps onQuaid's couch, who wouldn't know where that gag was going?Being a direct-to-video comedy, of course I didn't expect anyOscar-winning material on here. The truth is, though, Dangerfield hasmade some great, timeless comedies before. "Easy Money" and "Back ToSchool" are hilarious still, and were definitely not Oscar-worthy inthe slightest. However, there's a difference between making a dumbcomedy that's funny, and making a dumb comedy. With the latter kind ofcomedy, it seems like the filmmakers don't even try, which is preciselythe case with this lame excuse for a wasted 90 minutes. Rest in Peace,Rodney, but add this film to your batch of forgettable comedies like"Meet Wally Sparks" (1997) and "The Godson" (1999). This film, dare Isay it, is not even worth seeing.