Thursday, March 21, 2013

"You disturb me."

 Wherein Jack ties to review Oscar for those who haven't seen it.

 Oscar came out in 1991 and stars Sylvester Stallone. You all know who he is, right? Rocky? Okay, good. Moving on. It also stars Tim Curry who I've heard is a famous actor but I can never place him.

 The movie is set in the 1920's and Stallone plays an Italian gangster named Angelo "Snaps" Probolone. (Those who get his last name get points. {I'm looking at some certain Italian sisters I know.})

 The movie begins with the death of Snaps' dad, who makes him promise to give him his life of a gangster. Since his dad is on his death bed, and still able to slap him, Snaps has no choice but to make the promise. And that is how things start to get really interesting.

 Since he can no longer make a living as a gangster, Snaps decides to become a banker. He plans a day to meet with the fellow bankers so they can decide if this ex-gangster is cut out for the job. Meanwhile, a couple detectives and a rival gang has their eyes on Snaps' house. None of them believe he has given up his life of crime.

 The day of the meeting a young man, Anthony, shows up to talk to Snaps and "It is a matter of life and death." It turns out that Anthony works for Snaps and has come to ask for a raise, so he can marry Snaps daughter, Lisa. It also turns out Anthony has stolen money from Snaps which he is now offering to give back in jewels which he keeps stored in a brown bag.

 And from there Snaps' day goes from bad to worse when Lisa tells him she is in love with Oscar - the chauffeur who Snaps fired for falling in love with his daughter. Desperate to get out of the house, Lisa tells her parents she is going to have a baby, therefore forcing them to allow her to get married. There is only one problem, Oscar joined the army - and Anthony doesn't want to marry Lisa but Terrisa - his OTHER daughter he didn't know about.

 Desperate to get his jewels back, Lisa married, and his job with the bank, Snaps hunts down husbands while dealing with his henchmen who just can't get it through their heads that they cannot randomly shoot people - and a maid who is engaged to the man Snaps originally wanted Lisa to marry. And all the while, brown  bags are moving in and out of the house, drawing the suspicion of the detectives across the street.

 This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. Tim Curry plays Dr. Poole, a man who is there to help Snaps talk like a banker - and who is one of Lisa's potential husbands. He is enough to keep one laughing alone. Also, the two main henchmen are hysterical, especially Connie. There are two brothers who make suits who have a funny part to play in the disaster as well.

 The plot is wild and insane, and most of it takes place in one house in a time period of just a few hours, pure brilliance.

 The ending is perfect and causes me to fall over laughing every time.

 Now I am going to bed because I've had a long day. Quote is from Psych. I don't remember who disturbs who in this one but I can guess. It was either Shawn disturbed by Lassie or Lassie disturbed by Shawn.




  1. Oooh! Oscar! That is such a ridiculously hilarious movie. I was hooked from the beginning, with poor Snaps getting his face slapped by his nearly dead father, to the end, in which the wedding crasher is got rid of "expeditiously". I have a particular fondness for that little fat Italian puppet at the beginning, who singing a bit from The Marriage of Figaro. I think I must watch that again sometime soon.

  2. That was a brilliant synopsis of that movie!

    The characters are quite lively, aren't they?

    "Maybe it was a miracle. Like the loaves and the fishes?"

    "You just used a past participle... without a MODIFIER!"

    "It's like disarming Germany!"

    Ah, I must see that again as well. I don't think it's been that long, really, but every time I see it it's just SO funny! :)

    Have a good night, Jack. :)

  3. I have never seen this movie. I shall check it out!

  4. I don't think I've seen Oscar.
    I picture Lassie saying that line.

  5. Hey Jack! I tagged you in a blog hop over at my blog! It's about your wip and these are the questions. I hope you can do it!
    (Here are the questions:

    1: What is the working title of your book?
    2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
    3: What genre does your book come under?
    4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
    5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
    6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
    7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
    8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
    9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
    10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?)

  6. I like Tim Curry. He is usaully the villian in the stuff I've seen with him, and it's a lot of stuff. :)

    ~Robyn Hoode

    1. I am going to have to look his name up to see if I've seen him as a villain in anything. I bet he'd be a great villain, he has the voice for it.

  7. OSCAR!!! Hehehe. I didn't know anyone else knew about that movie. lol. :D It's so ridiculously convoluted. Snaps's wife is so cute. The ways she's like, "If you love me. If you EVER LOVED me. You will find MY LITTLE GIRL A HUSBAND!" It was so funny.

    Sylvester Stallone is hilarious in it... and oh... Snaps's last name. It's an Italian Cheese, right? Right?

    Tim Curry! I've only seen him in a few things, but you might recognize him from Psych... he's the nasty judge in "American Duos" (the one that's obviously making fun of American Idol) he's the guy who says, "I feel like I've been incarcerated in blueberry. This car makes me want to weep and then die."

    AND OH! Speaking of Psych, I finished season six finally! And the first episode of the seventh season is on the usa network still, so we watched the it a few days ago. WOWOWOW. Have you seen it yet? I was so psyched afterwards! (pun intended, lol) Shawn was totally awesome and BA in it. And Lassie was a sweatheart! And Jules!! LOL. Definitely, definitely one of my favorite episodes bar none.

    Yeah. And now I will fangirl myself away.


  8. Thank you for explaining! Movies from the 20th century are typically not my forte xD

  9. Loved your review! And now I really want to watch it again. :)
    And yeah...I thought Snap's last name was a type of cheese. Is it something else?

    I love they tailors. Especially that scene where Anthony thinks the're professional killers. *Snicker*


  10. Oh, and I nominated you for a blog award. If you want it. :)

  11. Ah, Tim Curry. He was Long John Silver in Muppet Treasure Island.
    Someday I will watch Oscar. I know you have talked about it on your blog before. It sounds like one I would enjoy.

    Last week I watched Let's Kill Hitler. Oh my word... That is one of my favorites now. I loved seeing Amy and Rory and Mels growing up together. And the robot alien things! That was SO cool! The antibodies inside of them were great. "You will experience a tingling sensation and then death."

  12. My favorite part in Oscar is when Angelo is talking to Sophia and he says that Anthony doesn't want to marry Lisa but the Other One.
    Sophia "WHAT OTHER ONE?"
    Angelo "The other that's not Lisa!"
    Angels "Sophia! Don't you think I know that?"
    Sophia "I don't know what your talking about. But if you love me, if you ever loved me, YOU WILL FIND MY LITTLE GIRL A HUSBAND!!"

    I thought it was sad that The maid got both the jewels AND the the money. How is that fair? Yes, the ending is brilliant.


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