Rated: R I don't know why. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: March 5, 1993 Released by: Columbia Pictures
Nicholas Cage and Samuel Jackson attack each other's prejudices in a role reversal comedy which has no reverence for racial stereotypes and phony intellectuals.
The material could have easily been insulting to everyone, but in the hands of Cage and Jackson every prejudicial stereotype is fuel for a series of situations which create mayhem for Dabney Coleman, the ambitious sheriff of an island community similar to Martha's Vineyard.
The conditions are tailor made for Cage, who has the unique skill to present eccentric characters as if thy were natural and their behavior was like Mr. Average.
In this film, Cage is a two-bit criminal and Jackson is a Pulitzer winning playwright who moves into a home on the island and is immediately reported as a black thief stealing a stereo in his new home. From there the sheriff bungles the investigation and uses Cage to rectify his problems. Cage of course accelerates the absurdity into situations which keep the audience laughing and snickering throughout.
Put your sensitivities aside and enjoy writer/director E. Max Frye's courageous attack on American stereotypes and prejudices.
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