"Now go and kiss your mother or I'll kick your TEETH in!"
An overlooked comedy that deserves a second look.Is it ax or is it axe? I guess it doesn't really matter.
Mike Myers plays Charlie, a sort of beat poet and a guy who's had bad luck with women. He just can't commit and finds excuses to get away from them. As he tells his friend Tony (Anthony LaPaglia), one was a theif. And another? "She smelled like soup." But then Charlie meets Harriet a butcher at "Meats Of The World." Harriet likes Charlie and they fall in love. She's got a weird sister (played by Amanda Plummer), but Charlie's okay with that.
Until he starts hearing more and more about Mrs. X, a mysterious killer who offs husbands with an axe (ax?). It seems that Harriet has a shady past and fits the profile of Mrs. X. Charlie's mom (Brenda Fricker) seems a little more certain, since she's read about the whole thing in the latest "Weekly World News" (which she refers to as "the paper," as if it were fact). Charlie's father, Stuart (Myers, doing double duty) is too busy singing Rod Stewart songs and making fun of Charlie's little brother to notice.
Is Harriet Mrs. X? Well, Amanda Plummer's in this, and she does crazy better than anyone else I've ever seen, so you figure it out. There's never really any doubt.
The comedy is occasionally hit and miss (mosty hit), with Myers as Stuart being the funniest scenes. Charlie's poetry is equally as funny.
Finally, this movie has more cameos than a movie with Muppets in it. Alan Arkin, Steven Wright, Michael Richards AND Phil Hartman. Woohoo. Cameos rule.
If you didn't see it, or saw it and didn't like it, give it a chance.I'm not kidding, that boy's head is like Sputnik; spherical but quite pointy at parts! Aye, now that was offsides, now wasn't it? He'll be crying himself to sleep tonight, on his huge pillow!