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I love this movie ... it totally cracks me up
Blobbo like. Make Blobbo laugh. Blobbo like laugh.
I’ve watched this movie so many times. It’s one of my go to movies for when I’m bored. It’s hysterical and no one could have played Bette Midlrr and Danny Di Vito’s role any better.
After having her design for a spandex miniskirt stolen by cold-blooded millionaire Sam Stone, Sandy Kessler and her husband Ken kidnap Sam's wife Barbara and hold her for a five hundred thousand-dollar ransom. There's just one problem . . . Sam doesn't want Barbara back. In fact, he was plotting to kill her, a scheme of which his mistress Carol and her lover Earl had knowledge. They were planning to use the information to blackmail Sam which leads Carol and Earl into a videotaped case of mistaken identity that will add to all of their ever-increasing problems.
Plus, when Barbara realizes her darling hubby is going to leave her dangling in the wind, she comes up with a ploy of her own to hit Sam where it hurts most with the help of her kidnappers. There's also a carpet-soiling dog named Muffy, a sex-crazed chief of police who picks the worst place to park his car for a little midnight tete a tete, an unlucky random robber who chooses to stick Sam up at a truly inopportune moment . . . ah yes, and a serial killer with parental issues who wanders into the fray as well. If it all sounds a little much for you, just remember it was created by the same people who bestowed the comic classics "Airplane!" and "Top Secret!" on the world and you'll be fine.
The consistency of the humor in this film is dazzling, far exceeding any other offering of its year. It helps that "Ruthless People" has an amazing cast that just gels together in a way most cannot. The timing is tight, the direction is handled beautifully, and the cinematography is phenomenal for a film of this nature. This is an altogether enjoyable slice of cinematic levity right up to its riotous finale. It also contains one of my all-time favorite solo song excursions from Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger in the form of its title track. "Ruthless People" never fails to bring a smile to my face. Maybe it will bring a smile to yours, too.
A film that strives in both storytelling and humour. The film's layers are easy to follow, which lead to most of its comedy. All the jokes hit, all the actors have their moment. The funniest film to come out of the 80s.
when hollywood could make funny and edgy films
Danny DeVito and Bette Midler portray truly ruthless people in this masterful black comedy directed by the Airplane! team. An extortion plan gone wrong occurs as Bette Midler is kidnapped by two bumbling wannabe criminals and DeVito is asked for a ransom; but he really wants to get rid of his wife so he ignores the demands. Hilarity ensues in a surefire manner. Great support from Judge Reinhold, Anita Morris, Helen Slater, and Bill Pullman in a very early role.
Hilarious Comedy with Outstanding Performances!
Review (No Spoilers):
Danny DeVito and Bette Midler are both incredibly talented actors and they each shine - as per usual - 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 their 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 a comedy performance to a higher level. Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater, as the kidnappers, perform true to their characters and provide solid performances. Anita Morris and Bill Pullman add great entertainment values, with Bill Pullman particularly doing a phenomenal job with his character.
The writing in 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 (yet hilarious), I doubt they'd be used in a similar comedy in today's time.
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. This is a very zany, very 1980's type of comedy. Overall, this film delivered laughs throughout the entire film - a very fun watch!
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 the film. 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? This ending suffers as a sign of the times from when it was made; It would've benefited from being done a bit differently. Otherwise, this is a perfect 1980s comedy.
Ruthless People stars Bette Midler (capitalizing on her comeback performance in Down and Out in Beverly Hills) as Barbara, a spoiled rich woman who is kidnapped by the kindly Ken and Sandy Kessler (Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater). Barbara's forceful husband Sam (Danny DeVito) has ripped off the Kesslers and they decide to hold Barbara for ransom. Sam, who hates his wife, refuses to pay. Eventually Barbara befriends the Kesslers and together they figure out how to exact revenge upon the obnoxious Sam. Bill Pullman makes his film debut here as a very dim, would-be criminal.