Rated: PG-13 Reviewed by: Frank Release date: August 26, 1994 Released by: Columbia TriStar
John Candy died in Mexico during the filming of Wagon's East. This is not much of an epitaph for the actor who made more than 40 films. This is a silly, dull and dusty ride from a town called Prosperity in Arizona back east to St. Louis.
James Harlow (Candy), a 20-year drunk is hired to lead a wagon train back east by Phil Taylor (Richard Lewis). The misfits from the west include a hooker, Ellen Greene A Little Shop of Horrors, a gay book seller (John C. McGinley), a banker (Robert Picardo) and Ed Lauter as the hired killer. There is more TV strength in the cast than film experience. Expect this one to go quickly to video.
The comedy is obnoxious bathroom humor filled with adolescent jokes about penis size across the camp fire. The humor is wasted on everyone except early teens. To give some credit, there are a few laughs mostly created by the Indians who are the most stable and intelligent characters.
John Candy was best playing a role like the one he played in Only the Lonely; he had the potential to carry the film as an average guy leading man who had a sense of humor, was sad at time, but came through in the end. He would have made a great Marty. Too bad his work has ended. It is particularly sad that his last work is Wagon's East.