Amos & Andrew - 1993 (PG-13)


Year of Release: 1993
Rated: PG-13
Director: E. Max Frye
Approx. Running Time: 96 minutes
Format(s): DVD & VHS (VHS available to keep upon request)
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)

From Back Cover:

-John Corcoran, KCAL TV

Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage (Face/Off) and Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) star in this action-packed comedy about a small-time crook and a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who bring new meaning to the term "dynamic duo!" Their wild and raucous adventure makes Amos & Andrew the funniest, nuttiest, most hysterical comedy since Midnight Run!

When a successful African-American author (Jackson) buys a house on an exclusive New England resort island, local law enforcement mistakes him for a thief and nearly kills him in a hilariously bungled attempt to "protect" the estate. But things go from loony to just plain wacky when the town's Police Chief (Dabney Coleman) attempts to cover up the embarrassing details of the event by planting a convicted criminal (Cage) in the house to take the rap!

My Comments:

Here's an oft overlooked and underrated comedy that takes a light-hearted look at a very real issue: racism. Unbeknownst to his new neighbors, a successful black writer (who considers himself to be "the thorn in the white man's side") buys a house in an otherwise white neighborhood and is mistaken for a thief by his neighbors and the local police.

When the police chief tries to save face by releasing a known thief (Nicolas Cage) and send him in to pretend to rob the place, the writer (played by Samuel L. Jackson) develops an unlikely friendship with the intruder and is forced to rethink his racist views.

With such a solid cast (including two of my favorite actors) and a premise that reverses the typical Hollywood scenario of black-man-forces-white-man-to-change-his-ways this is a very entertaining film.

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Rated PG-13 (MPAA)
4 Stars
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