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Overall Rating
2.57

Awesome: 6.12%
Worth A Look30.61%
Average: 6.12%
Pretty Bad: 28.57%
Total Crap: 28.57%

3 reviews, 31 user ratings


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Fierce Creatures
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by Charles Tatum

"Unheavenly Creatures"
2 stars

The cast of "A Fish Called Wanda" reunites in this weak comedy that left me wondering just what everyone was smoking when they agreed to do this script.

John Cleese is Rollo, sent to run a small zoo in Great Britain by the mega-corporation Octopus. Octopus is owned by Rod (Kevin Kline), and Rod is consistently bothered by his ne'er-do-well son, Vince (also Kevin Kline). Rod sends Vince and newcomer Willa (Jamie Lee Curtis) to England to get the zoo's profits up. Rollo's scheme was to have the zoo display fierce bloodthirsty creatures exclusively, but Vince decides to have the animals sponsored by celebrities. Much hullabaloo ensues.

I put the blame for this lackluster comedy on a weak script and even weaker direction. While the story is not bad, the cast does not seem to be into this farce, at least "A Fish Called Wanda" had wonderful energy and MOVED. Here, the script, co-written by Cleese, goes through sadly thought out set-ups and never scores a big laugh except once or twice. Two directors are credited on the picture, since one was brought in to punch up the laugh quotient, but nothing seems to work.

Cleese scores more laughs than anyone because he is naturally funny. I missed Curtis as Wanda, here her Willa just goes along with the flow, changing her character completely on the screenplay's whim. Kline is funnier as the disgusting Rod, his Vince is nothing but yelling and mugging. Think of his scene in "A Fish Called Wanda" where he eats the fish, then expand that to an hour and a half- it does not work. Michael Palin, you ask? He fades into the background as one of a dozen zookeepers, never getting to share the spotlight that is shone on his other three co-stars.

The movie initially gets some laughs when one zookeeper tries to pass his docile charges off as ferocious beasts. Then, the final twenty minutes are pretty good, as one major character is killed and the rest of the cast tries to make it look like suicide. The middle hour of the picture is tedious and boring, with simplistic jokes and scenarios that even "Mad TV" would reject as too shallow.

I noticed that the cast has not reunited again since this 1997 release. That is a shame, they seemed to have so much fun with the first film, and we shared in that excitement. "Fierce Creatures" pales in comparison.

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User Comments

2/27/10 PAUL SHORTT HEAVY HANDED COMEDY 2 stars
5/03/09 Dane Youssef Fun for the whole family. Cleese brings the joy he gave with Monty Python & Fawlty Towers 5 stars
1/31/06 John Aster Habig More Monty Python than Fish Called Wanda 5 stars
8/25/05 ES thought it was alright 3 stars
4/13/05 John Aster Habig MICHAEL PALIN and JOHN CLEESE are ALWAYS HYSTERICAL TOGETHER the animals are so cute 4 stars
2/18/04 tatum Ferociously unfunny 2 stars
1/30/04 ROY L. CAIN,JR. A FISH CALLED WANDA reunion ( Don't call me stupid!) 5 stars
12/20/03 john what happened there???? from the same people that made "Wanda"?? - only for small children 2 stars
5/23/03 mr. Pink Not as bad as many suggested. O.K. so it isn't Wanda, but it's still good. 4 stars
4/17/03 Jack Bourbon Where were the jokes?????????????????? 1 stars
9/23/02 I Can't Swim Its not that bad, and I never even saw "Fish Called Wanda" nor wanted to.. 4 stars
7/09/02 CVJ NWO hey fuckhead you are a fucking poof 1 stars
7/08/02 Neal Patel OHHH YYYEAHH the animals were nice John Cleese is SO attractive 4 stars
4/03/02 Priscilla Postlethwaite Fish Called Wanda cast just couldn't pull off a repeat. Lame. 3 stars
3/26/02 Zargo it's pretty funny, but I'll admit that John cleese is capable of ALOT better 4 stars
1/02/02 Andrew Carden It Was Better Then A Fish Called Wanda. 1 stars
8/29/01 Gary This is poor, this is not funny, this is just fucking ugly. 1 stars
8/07/01 Joe Zappa I don't know what people see about "Fierce Creatures" that is so fucked up! It's really fun 4 stars
4/01/01 Jesse L What a disappointment!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
2/07/00 Richard Wright Oh dear, Oh dear. I thought A Fish Called Wanda was overrated but this is just plain bad. 2 stars
9/11/99 Jaddax I thought it was very funny any one who didn`t is a smeg head 4 stars
9/09/99 the Grinch Of course it's no Wanda..did it say "A Fish Called Wanda Part 2"? No ferkin durhey! 4 stars
5/14/99 Jaddax i thought it was very funny 4 stars
1/10/99 Dasha Crap, crap, crap 1 stars
10/12/98 Sheck Quality control? Thin, contrived, trite story. Not funny or cute. You WILL cringe. 2 stars
9/26/98 Maegs A cast with incredible potential, with no script. It was pitiful to watch. 2 stars
9/02/98 J-Guy saw it for free. it wasnt anything special. python fans will enjoy it. 3 stars
8/26/98 Pete This is no 'Wanda'. They should have kept delaying on this 'sequel'. 2 stars
8/24/98 The Capital City Goofball I'll stab you. 1 stars
8/20/98 The Man With The Helmet I guess you have to be a big fan to like this, COS IT WAS CRAP! 2 stars
8/16/98 {{{OZ}}} A sad sorry sack o'shit Fish Called Wanda rip. Entire 2nd half was a reshoot. Yuck! 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  24-Jan-1997 (PG)
  DVD: 20-Jan-1998

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