Donald Petrie has directed plenty of movies you may know, even if you don’t know him. Mystic Pizza, Grumpy Old Men, Richie Rich, My Favorite Martian, Miss Congeniality, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days…he’s made some memorable films. This effort is from the time when Dana Carvey was a star on Saturday Night Live, but before Wayne’s World made him a bigger star.
Carvey plays con man Eddie Farrell, who is working a scam with his friend Lou Pesquino. They sneak into an empty house and discover that the owner is out of the country and the house sitter can’t make it. After a gang of thugs get sent by mobster Sal Nichols (Detective Hugh Lubic from Masters of the Universe and Strickland from Back to the Future), the two split up and Eddie takes on the identity of the home’s real owner, Jonathan Albertson.
Soon, Eddie is growing close to businessman Milt Malkin (Robert Loggia) and his wife Mona, as well as their daughter Annie (Julia Campbell, the mean girl from Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion). It all starts as a con, but soon Eddie is falling for her.
This is a movie packed with actors that you rush to IMDB to look up, like Milo O’Shea as Eddie’s uncle Max (he was Durand-Durand in Barbarella), the first acting role of jazz musician John M. Watson Sr. (he’s the bartender in Groundhog Day) and Del Close, who was one of the most influential people in the history of American improv. He’s also Reverend Meeker in the vastly underrated 1988 remake of The Blob.
I really need to get to a Robert Loggia week on this site, even if nobody but me wants to talk about how great he is in movies like the Independence Day movies (actually, he’s the only good part of the sequel other than the fact that it mercifully ended), Lost Highway, Big (one could argue that he’s playing the same exact role from that film in Opportunity Knocks) and The Believers.
You may be surprised — certainly, many people watching this and reviewing it on Letterboxd are — that in 1990, we didn’t have the cultural sensitivities toward stereotypical accents. Just keep that in mind and understand that this is a goofy comedy that just wants to entertain you.
You can get the new blu ray of this movie from Mill Creek, who have been releasing plenty of 1990’s movies in great packaging that makes it look like you rented that movie from a video store like Blockbuster.
Even better, if you want a copy, they were cool enough to send us an extra copy as a giveaway! Just share this post on Facebook or Twitter, then send us a link or screenshot to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll pick one random entrant to win their very own Mill Creek blu ray of Opportunity Knocks!
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