In the world of comedies, there are buddy comedies and then there is “Gone Fishin’.” This outrageously funny flick will bring the entire family to tears with laughter. It’s one part “Dumb and Dumber” (only funny) and one part “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.” It proves that comedy can be funny without going blue. That’s thanks both to the writing of uber writer/director/producer J.J. Abrams and Jill Mazursky, along with the acting of Joe Pesci and Danny Glover.
“Gone Fishin’” was originally released in 1997. Much like so much other comedy of the 90’s, it was comedy that for the most part was family friendly. So having it brought back to light on blu-ray is like unearthing a relic from a bygone era. Both the writing team of Abrams and Mazursky, and the acting duo of Pesci and Glover are to be commended for their parts in bringing this near Three Stooges-esque story to life. Joe Pesci was a laugh riot in his own right throughout this movie. Considering his resume, he was a natural choice. That resume includes a pair of teamings with Glover in Lethal Weapon 2 and 3 in 1989 and 1992 respectively.
Given, the story behind “Gone Fishin’” makes suspension of disbelief next to impossible. But the movie’s comic elements more than make up for that fact. Every time that Joe and Gus turn around, something else goes wrong for them. For instance, watching their boat get pulled away by a train after the same train nearly destroys it comes across as almost cartoonish. It’s simply one of many funny moments for the whole family. And Joe and Gus themselves are funny. Their mannerisms, their facial gestures, all of it combined make for plenty of laughs for the entire family. Again, one can’t help but make at least light comparisons to the style of comedy that made the Three Stooges popular.
“Gone Fishin’” is a funny movie. There are those who would compare it to the pair’s teaming in Lethal Weapon 2 and 3, and automatically slam it. So be it. But that comparison isn’t entirely fair as that is comparing apples to oranges. If anything can be said of the movie that’s bad, it’s Joe Pesci trying way too hard to come across as a New Jersey native. And while his comic delivery is over the top, to say the least, it’s so over the top that it’s funny. Even though it may not be the most memorable of comedies, “Gone Fishin’” is still by and large a great, fun, turn off your brain comedy for the whole family any day of the week.
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