"Could something REALLY be worse than Meet Wally Sparks? Apparently so."
Rodney Dangerfield has survived a lot of lousy films. Anyone see MEET WALLY SPARKS? But never has Dangerfield exposed himself so blatantly and embarrassingly bad as he does in his latest film MY FIVE WIVES. And I am not talking about the scene where he wiggles around in a thong. Yes I said thong.Dangerfield is still good at what he does best, spouting out sexually-filled one liners instead of acting. This proved golden in CADDYSHACK and BACK TO SCHOOL certainly was made better because of it but how many more times can we see the same routine amount to even relative satisfaction. One thing is for sure, he can never be accused of overacting or stealing anyoneís act. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding.
Dangerfield plays a rich man who, after three failed marriages, decides itís time to move out of Los Angeles and into a smaller, less tempting community. Utah becomes his new home and soon he is abiding by the church of Utah, oddly enough never is the Mormon religion mentioned although it is suggested subliminally. Did someone say lawsuit? Dangerfield makes the quiet town of Redwood his resting place and finds polygamy to be a standard practice there. As fast as you can say 'CADDYSHACK 2 blows' Dangerfield has settled down with five beautiful wives making rude comments about their libidos and his. None is as good at acting as she is at showcasing her pearly whites or bountiful breasts.Of course there are the bad guys who try and run Dangerfield out of town. And then thereís the Italian hood, would there be a comedy without one? Andrew Dice Clay uses up all his whoas and ohs playing a thug in Vegas looking to make a profit on some land in Utah. Huh? But donít worry minutes into the film when a robust actor is citing a nursery rhyme to Clay you will have given up all hope for this one and maybe even pray for a CADDYSHACK 3. Well, maybe thatís going a little too far.-- Pamela Harland