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Stop or My Mom Will Shoot

Stop or My Mom Will Shoot
Sylvester Stallone, Estelle Getty and Jo Beth Williams

Rated: PG For language.
Reviewed by: Frank and Chris  
Release date: February 21, 1992 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.

Sylvester Stallone's newest film is an adventure-comedy costarring Estelle Getty as his mother.

Stallone stars as an L.A. police detective, Joe Bornowski, whose mother, Tutti, comes from N.J. for an unwelcome visit. She entertains anyone within earshot with stories of her "Little Joey", relating embarrassing childhood tales, embellished with baby pictures.

Tutti witnesses a drive-by shooting while buying a gun as a surprise for Joe fro the back of a van. Since she has to stay in L.A. to help with the case, it gives her a chance to butt into her son's work. She follows him on surveillance jobs, shoots at the bad guys and even drives his car up on sidewalks in fast pursuit.

Jo Beth Williams plays Stallone's boss and girlfriend, Lt. Harper.

The script takes one joke - that Joe's mother is overprotective - and stretches it thin. The beginning of the film is so slow moving, it requires a Delco battery to jump start it. Even Stallone in a shower scene can't perk up this movie.

Iran Reitman, who directed Kindergarten Cop, successfully joining adventure star Schwarzenegger with comedy, hoped as co-producer here, to repeat that success. It falls dreadfully short of that goal. Stallone and Getty can't be blamed here. The are appealing, but the script is jumbled, the adventure silly, and the comedy nonexis

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