Me And The Kid

  • 1994
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Children's, Comedy

Danny Aiello clocks in at his cuddliest with ME AND THE KID, a "Ransom of Red Chief" for the high-concept '90s. Made at the beleaguered Orion studios just before its well-publicized production hiatus, it sat on the shelf for several years before being unceremoniously dumped to video. Harry Bannon (Aiello) and sidekick Roy (Joe Pantoliano) are inept career...read more

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Danny Aiello clocks in at his cuddliest with ME AND THE KID, a "Ransom of Red Chief" for the high-concept '90s. Made at the beleaguered Orion studios just before its well-publicized production hiatus, it sat on the shelf for several years before being unceremoniously dumped to video.

Harry Bannon (Aiello) and sidekick Roy (Joe Pantoliano) are inept career criminals who are tempted by jailhouse tales of a fortune sitting pretty inside the home of Victor Feldman (David Dukes), a high-profile, cut-throat financier. They sneak into Feldman's mansion dressed as workmen, but

there's no money to be found. Instead, they snatch Feldman's 10-year-old son, Gary (Alex Zuckerman). But upon improvising a ransom demand, they learn that Victor couldn't care less, and would rather haggle and stall than buy his son's safety. Intimidated by Feldman's bravado, Roy favors offing the

kid, but Harry wants nothing to do with it. He loosens Gary's bonds and spirits him past Roy at gunpoint, effectively dissolving their partnership. On the road, Gary confesses that his parents have little time for him, and that this new life of crime is much to his liking. With his new accomplice

in tow, Harry goes through with the ransom pickup, where Gary outdoes himself playing the frightened hostage. Now in the money, they meander their way through highway culture, picking up the delicious Rose (Cathy Moriarty) along the way and finally holing up on the edge of a seedy carnival. When

the police dragnet finally closes in and everything looks lost for Harry, Gary climbs up to the top of the Ferris wheel and threatens to jump unless they allow Harry to flee with the money.

Directed by Dan Curtis, who created the gothic TV soap "Dark Shadows", this modest film was based on the novel Taking Gary Feldman by Stanley Cohen. It's perfectly up to speed in the context of contemporary Hollywood, where any kind of movie is evidently considered sellable, so long as there's a

cute kid in it. This pairing of tyke and petty crook is no less believable than tyke and cop (COP AND A HALF), tyke and talent agent (LIFE WITH MIKEY), or tyke and Mafia hit man (THE PROFESSIONAL). Although it's smothered in glycerin tears toward the end, the finished product is less disingenuous

than much comparable kiddie fare (thanks especially to professional turns by Aiello and Moriarty), and it should be relatively palatable to adults along for the ride. (Violence, profanity, adult situations.)

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  • Released: 1994
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Danny Aiello clocks in at his cuddliest with ME AND THE KID, a "Ransom of Red Chief" for the high-concept '90s. Made at the beleaguered Orion studios just before its well-publicized production hiatus, it sat on the shelf for several years before being unce… (more)

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