Quite possibly, the most quoted movie ever made. And boy oh boy, is it funny.This movie's a comedy, right? The dialogue in this movie is so completely laughable and the situations so warped that to take it as a crime movie on the level of "Goodfellas" or "The Godfather" would be insane. It's written by Oliver Stone, so I guess that being WAY over-the-top is par for the course. I enjoy it every time I watch it, but in the same way I enjoy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". It's crazy, wild fun.
Al Pacino plays Tony Montana, a cuban punk who ends up being a big cocaine kingpin in Miami in the early 80's. He marries Michelle Pfieffer, he has mountains of coke on his desk, life is good. But Tony's a bit of an asshole, really. I take it that Tony's supposed to represent the greed in the society of that day. He has it all, but he wants more.
I recently saw the 1932 version of this film, and was amazed at how effectively Howard Hawks was able to tell the EXACT same story in 90 minutes. This movie is LONG. But it never really drags, because Pacino is being very entertaining. He wears women's hats, watches his friends make obscene gestures to women, buys fancy cars with leopard cushions, walks around with a white nose - Pacino has a BALL. He makes the movie, and his dialogue is among the most memorable in recent memory.
Criticizing this movie is impossible, because Stone and DePalma pretty much dare people to criticize it. It's all so desperately over the top that it goes beyond scorn or derision - "Scarface" KNOWS that it's all silly. It's in on the joke. It's an immensely entertaining movie, but don't watch it with your parents.Play the "Scarface" drinking game - do a shot every time someone says "fuck". You'll be passed out in the first hour.