Rated: PG-13 for language. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: March 4, 1994 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.
Picture a nasty old geezer, Uncle Joe (Kirk Douglas), who's worth millions. His greedy family, who would like nothing better than to declare him incompetent, puts him in a home and wallow in his cash, and you've got the basis for this comedy.
This wacky family of cousins and their bratty kids is made up of some comic favorites, "Saturday Night Live's" Phil Hartman is the most murderous of the bunch. Ed Begley, Jr. and Colleen Camp are just as devious but more low-key. Michael J. Fox plays a professional bowler who's down on his luck and could use some quick cash.
Uncle Joe's relatives hire detectives to discover embarrassing secrets about one another so they can tattle to him at family gatherings, name all of their children JHoe to impress him and brown-nose at every possible chance. Uncle Joe seems to enjoy seeing how low they will go, as he goads and sets them up for a fall.
The cousins think they've got the inside track on Uncle Joe's money until they meet Molly (played by nubile Olivia d'Abo, a sexy nurse??? ) whose specialty is sunbathing in skimpy bikinis and popping down to the local store for the TV Guide. Uncle Joe is hinting about rewarding her devotion by leaving her his fortune.
This calls for drastic measures, so the family calls upon estranged cousin Danny (Fox) to the rescue. Danny, Uncle Joe's favorite, has to decide whether he wants to resort to the same underhanded, manipulative, ugly tricks of the others or show that he really cares about the old guy.
Kirk Douglas is marvelous in his most over-the-top, zany role, as it the rest of the funny cast. Fox, who is cute and sincere, is able to do physical comedy with equal ease.
Greedy is a laugh-out-loud, sock-it-to-yea, silly comedy that delivers the goods.