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Movie: "My Blue Heaven"
Year: 1990
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy
Directed by: Herbert Ross
Writing credits: Nora Ephron

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 8/11/2008

Plot: An uptight FBI agent (Barney Coopersmith) has to protect a former mafioso (Vincent Antonelli) who is now in the federal witness protection program. Only problem is, Vincent isn't exactly the kind of guy who lives a low key lifestyle.

Review: Before Steve Martin acted in films such as Sgt. Bilko and Bringing Down The House, he was in a wide variety of excellent comedies. Out of all the films he's done, I think My Blue Heaven is one of his most under-appreciated ones. At the very least, Vincent Antonelli is easily one of his best character portrayals. The hair, the Italian accent, the clothes, the mannerisms... he's got the stereotypical mafia guy down perfectly in this flick.

Opposite of Martin, Rick Moranis plays an uptight FBI agent who has to protect him so he can testify against the mob boss. Watching Barney Coopersmith (Moranis) grow increasingly frustrated with Vinnie Antonelli's antics is a real treat. You see, just because Vincent is now in the federal witness protection program, that doesn't mean he's given up a life of crime. Quite the contrary.

Having been relocated to the suburbs of San Diego, Vinnie (having been raised on the streets of the city that never sleeps) is now in his own personal hell and bored out of his mind. That is, until he discovers that a lot of other ex-mafia guys have been relocated to this same town under the witness protection program. Together, they start up a local crime syndicate and it drives both Barney and the local D.A. Hannah Stubbs (Joan Cusack) crazy.

However, for all of his blatantly obvious criminal acts (which, of course, Vinnie vehemently denies any involvement with), Vinnie still manages to teach Barney and Hannah to lighten up a bit and start enjoying life.

I should also note that there are plenty of other great characters in the film including Carol Kane as one of Vinnie's many flaky love interests, Shaldeen, William "You dirty raaaaat" Hickey as Billy Sparrow, and the highly talented Bill Irwin as Kirby.

It's not the most gut-bustingly hilarious film you'll ever see, but it's a really fun movie and a great character study that showcases just how good Steve Martin can be when given a good role. If nothing else, you'll learn an important thing about arugula... "it's a ve-ge-ta-ble."

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Full of Country Goodness
Aug 11th, 2008, 03:42 PM
The hair, the Italian accent, the clothes, the mannerisms... he's got the stereotypical mafia guy down perfectly in this flick.

Are you kidding me? Stereotyping is one thing, but Martin walks around like he's in some kind of kid's play. His delivery is wooden. His accent is comical only in that he sounds like someone trying to do a bad impersonation of Robert DeNiro. And, Strange Brew notwithstanding, a comedy vehicle with Rick Moranis carrying 50% of the billing? No sir. Big Bully. That is what I have to say to that.
Enginseer
Aug 11th, 2008, 05:17 PM
I will always fondly remember the scene where Steve Martin teaches kids how to pick pockets while everybody around them is singing the national anthem.
Forum Virgin
Aug 11th, 2008, 08:17 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by GreenPeaness View Post
Are you kidding me? Stereotyping is one thing, but Martin walks around like he's in some kind of kid's play. His delivery is wooden. His accent is comical only in that he sounds like someone trying to do a bad impersonation of Robert DeNiro. And, Strange Brew notwithstanding, a comedy vehicle with Rick Moranis carrying 50% of the billing? No sir. Big Bully. That is what I have to say to that.

Big Bully...now THAT was an underappreciated Rick Moranis (and Tom Arnold) film!
after enough bourbon ...
Aug 11th, 2008, 10:32 PM
It's not my favorite Steve Martin movie, but, like PT&A, it has some great moments, worth the price of a super saver DVD. Nice pick for a review, -RoG-. Or, might I say "Great day for a mow, ay?"
Forum Virgin
Aug 12th, 2008, 11:00 AM
I was 12 when this movie came out and saw it with my brothers who were 11 and 9. We all though it was the shit back then. Maybe you just have to be a kid.
Forum Virgin
Aug 12th, 2008, 02:46 PM
It seems like one that Comedy Central would play in the morning on a saturday. Sort of like The Lonely Guy or Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Funny, yet, unfortunately, mostly forgotten.
Dirty Birdy
Aug 12th, 2008, 04:15 PM
"Oh? What's your dogs name?"
"Fongul!"

(probably spelled it wrong...)
Crazed Techno-Biologist
Aug 12th, 2008, 06:31 PM
steve martin attended my old highschool, but when he was written up for the reunion he denied ever going to a school in the middle of no where, although teachers who taught him were still alive and there were alot of pictures of him in our record yearbook, so prettymuch he's a secret asshole.
pickled
Aug 13th, 2008, 04:19 AM
Wish Rick Moranis would return to the Silver Screen soon.
Fookin' up planets!
Aug 13th, 2008, 07:14 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by GreenPeaness View Post
The hair, the Italian accent, the clothes, the mannerisms... he's got the stereotypical mafia guy down perfectly in this flick.

Are you kidding me? Stereotyping is one thing, but Martin walks around like he's in some kind of kid's play. His delivery is wooden. His accent is comical only in that he sounds like someone trying to do a bad impersonation of Robert DeNiro. And, Strange Brew notwithstanding, a comedy vehicle with Rick Moranis carrying 50% of the billing? No sir. Big Bully. That is what I have to say to that.

aaah man... don't hate on good ol' Steve Martin.. So his accent isn't "dead on" I have met full blooded Italians who can't muster a decent wise guy imitation, hell at least Martin had body language, facial gestures and comedic timing. Give the guy a break, I mean hell he is one of my all time favorite actors and I even think his recent like 6 years + of films have mostly been shite.
Pickled Patriarch
Aug 13th, 2008, 01:02 PM
It's not supposed to be "dead on" like a real Italian accent... it's supposed to be an exaggeration of it, which it is, and that's what makes it so great.
Clean Shaven Nerf Herder
Aug 13th, 2008, 07:59 PM
The biggest laugh in the film for me comes during Vinnie's first visit to the local supermarket. He grabs a label gun that some stocker set down, labels a shitload of steaks and other meats with like 65 cent price tag and walks up to the checkout with about $2000 worth of meat, which is rung up to a total of like $22, which nobody stops to question. Finally, just to drive home just how small a town he's been moved to, when he gives the checker a $100 bill to pay, the kid holds it up an yells "Wow! A hundred!"

Great.
Pickleman's Uncle
Aug 17th, 2008, 07:55 PM
He looks like Kramer.