Men at Work

1990

Men at Work

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A pair of garbage workers (Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez) are shocked to find the body of a city councilman in one of their trash cans. With help from a supervisor (Keith David), the duo must solve the case and find the man's killer while hiding the body from the cops. Estevez also directed and provided the screenplay for Men at Work.

Cast

Charlie Sheen
as Carl Taylor
Emilio Estevez
as James St. James
Leslie Hope
as Susan Wilkins
Keith David
as Louis Fedders
Dean Cameron
as Pizza Man
John Getz
as Maxwell Potterdam III
Cameron Dye
as Luzinski
Darrell Larson
as Jack Berger
Sy Richardson
as Walt Richardson
Troy Evans
as Capt. Dalton
Matt Robinson
as Rent-A-Cop
Brad Wyman
as Rent-a-Cop
Matthew Robinson
as Rent-a-Cop
Robert F. Brown
as Henchman #1
Erik Stabenau
as Henchman #2
Bobby Burns
as Henchman #3
Eddie Braun
as Henchman #4
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Critic Reviews for Men at Work

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (18)

  • The grotesque practical jokes perpetrated against two interfering bumblers are genuinely funny, while Estevez and Sheen remain cutely goofy even when indulging themselves in this adolescent idiocy.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • The movie's desire to please is tireless, also engaging. Mr. Estevez's screenplay is not entirely coherent, but it has a number of comically crackpot lines.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
  • Like the jokes, the brothers' rapport seems recycled from childhood. Sheen and Estevez are hardly working.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Estevez tries hard (as usual, Sheen just shows up), but the laughs simply aren't there.

    Sep 12, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Men at Work is patient zero for the plague of Charlie Sheen movies that infected the 1990s.

    Aug 28, 2015 | Full Review…
  • It's just not much of a motion picture, dropping the potential of a unique workplace perspective to deliver static monkey business, streaked with leftover clown make-up from Weekend at Bernie's.

    Aug 30, 2010 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Men at Work

  • May 09, 2012
    quite stupid storyline just doesn't make sense. worth it to the brothers at work together but anything resembling a story is left in a heap. the actions of these characters just didn't make sense. the film looks as though it went through a lot of rewrites
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2010
    A true guilty pleasure, Men at Work sees Carl (Charlie Sheen) and James (Emilio Estevez) as two no hope surfers/garbage men who pipe dream about opening their own surf shop. Carl has a slightly disturbed habit of spying on his neighbors with binoculars and "seriously aggravating situations without changing the course of history" by occasionally shooting them with a pellet gun. After an evening of beer and Trivial Pursuit, Carl and James witness City Councilman Jack Berger (Darrell Larson) seemingly assaulting his campaign manager Susan Wilkins (Leslie Hope) in her apartment across the street. As she runs out Carl shoots Berger with the pellet gun. He and James miss two men then strangle Berger and leave with his body. The following day they happen across Berger's discarded corpse on their garbage route, and, fearing they may be implicated in the murder, hide the body. Madcap antics ensure as they try to figure out who killed Berger and why. There's lots to like in this silly comedy, from the inept hit men whose car bears the licence plates: HIT MEN, to the recurring joke of the misplaced tape (work it, work it), and the great chemistry between the two leads. But the highlight is Keith David as Louis, Carl and James' boss' brother in law who rides along with them in the garbage truck as an observer (as they are known troublemakers and on probation at work) and becomes mixed up in the movie's ensuing chaos. David is perfect as the unhinged Vietnam veteran, and from the sight gag of him doodling a helicopter firing missiles at innocent families on a boardwalk, to the infamous "another man's fries" line, to the hilarious kidnapping of the pizza boy "he was provokin me!" the character is a constant source of laughs. Leave your brain at the door and enjoy.
    David L Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    If you always wanted to see brothers Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez together in a film, watch this movie. It's a story you may have seen before, but it's still fun and exciting and it's got the two of them, so why not. I liked it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2009
    Men at Work is one of my Favourite Movies. It has many LOLs moments.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer

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