John Moss (James Woods) is a tough cop on a case to hunt down a killer in New York City known as “The Party Crasher”. John conducts a rude interview on national television which is seen by one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood, Nick Lang (Michael J Fox). Nick is inspired to know the real John Moss, and he wants to know everything about being a real cop so he can perfect his next performance in an active role on screen.
Nick gets to go undercover, working side by side with the most hardened cop in New York City. Needless to say, John Moss (James Woods) is not happy about being forced to have a partner who is an actor and pretending to be a cop. John must play nice with his new partner while trying to catch one of New York’s dangerous criminals.
I choose to review this film because it’s one of my guilty pleasure from the ’90s. I still remember watching this film on VHS with my family for the 1st time when it came out, and we were all laughing at the witty (and yes, some crude) dialogue delivered by both James Woods & Michael J Fox.
The best part of this film is the back and forth dialogue that was well written and well delivered between both James Woods and Michael J Fox. I love the chemistry that is shown between the two actors. It’s fun to see how they not only help each with their work but also assist each other with their personal lives.
As Nick (Michael J Fox) is an actor, the film also makes excellent jokes about how actors are spoilt brats and Nick in selected moments resembles a puppy dog, whereas John (James Woods) doesn’t fear death and is one seriously angry man. In case you haven’t got the message, these two are a perfect balance for a comedy duo.
While the leads are the biggest strength, the villain is an odd one. The villain here in a nutshell is purely a crazy man. As a villain, he’s very light in the dialogue department and comes across as a dangerous, insane man rather than a big villain who should be feared. The actor who plays “The Party Crasher” ended being more successful later in his career when he is returning to playing the main villain in 2009 Avatar (Stephen Lang).
Overall, I’m sharing this review because it’s one of my favourite buddy/ cop style film from the ’90s. To this day, I’ve never been disappointed by the strength and the humorous chemistry that is shown by both James Wood and Michael J Fox. The villain is the weaker part of the film, but thankfully he’s given little screen time. If this is a film you’ve missed and you’ve never it, perhaps give it a go as I enjoy it and have no problems to recommend it. Watch it if you enjoy films such as “Rush Hour”.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden