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Overall Rating
2.89

Awesome: 25%
Worth A Look: 21.43%
Average: 10.71%
Pretty Bad: 3.57%
Total Crap39.29%

1 review, 22 user ratings


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Who's Harry Crumb?
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by Scott Weinberg

"Fatty Fall Down: The Movie"
1 stars

Love the late, great John Candy? Me too. Let's honor the funnyman by never seeing this movie again.

Why is it that brilliant comedians so often get mired in horribly unfunny movies? I have no idea, but there are few clearer examples than John Candy’s Who’s Harry Crumb?, a movie so inert and desperate for laughs that it boggles the mind. Aiming for a “Mad Magazine meets SCTV via Dragnet” sort of thing, the film is instead a lifeless melange of sitcom-style humor, wooden acting performances, and gags that seem aimed squarely at small children. Small, slow children.

Candy is the titular dolt, the black sheep of a detective family, and the only schlub called in when the nefarious Draisen (Jeffrey Jones) wants a dick inept enough to screw up royally. Much like this plan worked in Billy Madison and countless other low-minded movies, stupidity rules the day here, as Crumb consistently succeeds through his own ineptitude.

Perhaps hoping to create a Canadian version of the ~Inspector Clouseau’ character (fat chance there), Candy ambles his way through an unflattering series of broad comic disguises, mumbles and bumbles, knocks furniture over, accidentally spills things, etc., etc., etc.

The bare-bones kidnapping plot is a transparent framework on which to hang several desperately unfunny set pieces, and one wonders how people like Annie Potts and Tim Thomerson are trying so damn hard. If it’s a loving and adorable memory of John Candy you’re looking for (to say nothing of the actual humor content), go rent Planes, Trains, and Automobiles or Uncle Buck one more time.

Movies like Who’s Harry Crumb? may make you sad; Candy wasted too much of his short career on worthless junk like this one.

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originally posted: 01/15/03 06:25:25
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User Comments

6/06/14 PAUL SHORTT UNEVEN SLAPSTICK COMEDY 1 stars
10/22/13 Ali I love John Candy...watched this movie last night. Not my taste...it was AWFUL. Made me sad 1 stars
5/18/09 Josh Belushi Love it. Candy was great in any kind of role. This movie was a lot of fun! 5 stars
7/02/07 WereJohnCandy I've got to say this movie was awesome, period. 5 stars
12/09/06 strangecraft Who made this guy a critic? This is perhaps John Candy's greatest work. 5 stars
11/08/06 Jimmy I have to agree with the reviewer. This movie was a drag. 1 stars
9/09/06 William I always love this movie John Candy is so Dead pan a must see 4 stars
2/09/06 JM Synth Weinberg is Wrong!... at least if my memory serves me right 4 stars
1/04/06 Sugarfoot I don't care, you don't care, we all don't care. 1 stars
6/15/04 Gerry Ditrich I love this bizarre, not to be taken seriously flick, good for the soul 4 stars
11/09/03 Jeff Wilson Clearly this is a love it or hate it. Wonderfully cheesy in my opinion! 4 stars
10/11/03 JimmyC If you ever wanted to see John Candy dressed as a Jockey.. this is your film 4 stars
7/09/03 natasha_theobald I had the misfortune to see this in a theater, of people not laughing - Ugh! 1 stars
3/31/03 Get a spar, corner push-in art, yeah! Most underrated John Candy movie. A comic delight! 5 stars
2/13/03 Jerk Dirk Great movie 5 stars
1/22/03 Roy Smith Shawnee Smith was damn sexy for 14! Hi Spork! Potts damn tasty too. 3 stars
1/17/03 bullit17 And yet you people love Jackass? 4 stars
1/15/03 y2mckay Annie Potts surprisingly hot in undies. Humor subpar for Candy flick. Uncle Buck rulez! 2 stars
10/04/02 Aunray Avage It ..... RULES 5 stars
9/27/02 Tom Fleeman A few laughs, a lot of old gags. 3 stars
9/12/02 y2mckay John Candy is like a poor man's (or fat man's) inspector gadget. Dumb but funny 3 stars
8/14/02 Get a spar, corner push-in art, yeah! Most underrated John Candy movie. A comic delight! 5 stars
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  03-Feb-1989 (PG-13)
  DVD: 23-Mar-2004

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