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Awesome: 15.63%
Worth A Look: 6.25%
Average: 9.38%
Pretty Bad34.38%
Total Crap34.38%

2 reviews, 20 user ratings

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Lost and Found (1999)
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by Scott Weinberg

"A warm puddle of piss on the memory of Chris Farley."
1 stars

Anyone out there buy David Spade as a romantic lead? Anyone? OK, good. Let's move on. Yes, he can be quite funny on occasion and his nasty sarcastic wit is usually good for a few laughs. It's just too bad we have to sit through such plagiaristic crap for a few clever scenes.

There's a character in this inane poop that is very fat, very loud and blond. He follows David Spade around like a brain-damaged puppy and bumps into things. But it's not Chris Farley. It's some anonymous big slob. Jeez, was Farley's corpse even cold when they decided that this guy was the best sidekick for David Spade's next movie? Not ONE person said "Hey, this is pretty creepy. Can we at least make him a dark-haired fat imbecile?" None of it matters, because the fat pig isn't even remotely funny.

The basic plot of Lost and Found makes Three's Company look like Othello. Spade steals a girl's dog so he can help her look for it. She will ultimately fall for him, regardless of the fact that he's rude, scrawny and basically unpleasant and unattractive in every way. Of course, we have a handsome French rival for our smarmy hero to belittle. We are treated to several familiar subplots which all culminate in the "big, expensive and fancy dinner" where all the character's fates will be decided within 30 seconds. (I was wistfully reminded of Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead. Always the sign of good filmmaking.)

The gags with the dog simply don't work. It's obvious the writers of this one saw There's Something About Mary three times too often and figured it would be cool to rip the jokes off with the subtlety of a wet fart. The end credits show the worst form of plagiarism as the whole cast comes together for a big lip-sync finale to Deeee-Lite's Groove is in the Heart. Even such a funky song cannot disguise how devoid of originality all of this is. There's also a pretty disgusting recurring gag about a young kid who cries wolf about being molested by strangers. Hey, I'm not saying it couldn't be funny. I'm just saying it's pretty unfunny and downright gross in this movie.

Sophie Marceau is a pretty French girl who will one day be able to tell her grandchildren that she kissed David Spade in a movie. That's her 15 minutes. There's nothing in this short, annoying movie that makes you ever believe anything at all. Characters simply wander about, occasionally having scenes together, most of them with that annoying bastard of a dog. One of the most uneventful movies you'll ever see. Even Spade lip-synching to Neil Diamond is unfunny. (Sounds funny, doesn't it? It's not. I felt bad for the scrawny little guy.)

Whatever it takes to get from point A (no girl) to point B (guy gets girl) is acceptable as a screenplay today, I guess. This movie has no audience, at all really. David Spade fans won't like it because he's pretty tame, and romantic comedy fans won't like it because it displays neither romance nor comedy. Funny how these things happen all the time, though.

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User Comments

5/02/06 Anthony Feor It was a bad movie to begin with 1 stars
1/27/05 Jeff Anderson Jon Lovitz's great cameo & Sophie Marceau's sweet performance save this stupid comedy. 1 stars
8/13/04 Miles Just watched if for the 5th time and still love it. Don't see why others don't. 4 stars
11/28/03 Samuel Pretty good!! 4 stars
4/01/03 Jack Sommersby Okay for a while, but its desire to be ingratiating eventually starts to grate. 2 stars
8/26/02 Noam Stein Yeh Baby!!!! 5 stars
2/19/02 Bitch Why does Jeremy get two votes? Oh, yeah this movie was not good. At all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
2/09/02 Meredith Harshaw False accusations of child abuse not joking matter (unless you're an elitist movie-maker?!) 2 stars
1/10/02 Andrew Carden The Best Thing About It Was The Puppies...Is That Good? 2 stars
5/12/01 Geebo Not many seemed to appriciate it, yet I've failed to see a funnier movie 5 stars
3/10/00 David Rogers Funny, but not that funny. A waist of Spade's tallents. 3 stars
12/18/99 Sarah Ane I've seen more intelligent movies at 1 stars
11/30/99 seldom scene this is a great comedy flick! the laugh lines are constant! 5 stars
10/24/99 yukino this movie is so funny get it got it good 5 stars
5/07/99 Diptherio SPADE IS GOD 5 stars
4/28/99 JDC Spade/Romantic Comedy - what genius thought these two would go well together? 1 stars
4/27/99 Bushman Spade has his moments, but it's still a rental. 3 stars
4/26/99 Mr Showbiz Spade proves that a little of his snide schtick goes a long way. 2 stars
4/19/99 agustin dissapointing even if you like Spade 2 stars
4/15/99 Adam Carey I really wanted to hate this movie...but Marceau and Spade ACTUALLY had some chemistry... 3 stars
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  23-Apr-1999 (PG-13)


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Directed by
  Ron Burrus
  Jeff Pollack

Written by
  James Bearden Cook
  Marc Meeks

  David Spade
  Jon Lovitz
  Martin Sheen
  Artie Lange
  Patrick Bruel

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