The amateurish MONEY TO BURN appears to have been semi-improvised with the camera running. Ostensibly an action film, it could hardly be less exciting.
Although their respective families castigate them as ne'er-do-wells living from six-pack to six-pack, Kevin (Jerry Spicer), John (Chad McQueen), and Scott (Don Swayze) live by their own unique value system. Heeding the call of responsibility, Kevin accepts employment as a security guard manning
the mall surveillance camera. He spots a fleeing thief stashing a bundle in the secret compartment of a parked car, and quickly figures out how to turn the situation to his advantage. Kevin doctors the security tape for the cops, borrows welding tools to steal the money, and shares his good
fortune with his lazybones pals. While waiting for Kevin to return for his bonanza, John and Scott reap the benefits of his largesse, going on a tear that includes renting a luxury mansion, buying luxury cars and top-of-the-line guitars, and swinging with Beverly Hills babes. Meanwhile, Lieutenant
Ford (Joe Estevez) replays the videotape for clues. By the time he's begun to figure out what happened, veteran felon Mr. Cole (Cole McCay) has already killed Kevin and made it look like suicide.
Cole murders Scott's grandparents, and John and Scott flee with Kevin's stash. Cole and the bush league crooks dog each other in a high-speed chase that involves a series of hijacked cars and, unable to get immediate results by car-phoning the police, John and Scott decide to confront Cole near
a railroad yard. They gun down the greedy miscreant, then fork over $30,000 to a stranger for his junk-heap car and head for new lives in Mexico. With their blood money in tow, they slip through Ford's fingers and cross the border.
Conceived like an adolescent pipe dream, MONEY TO BURN is a grueling masturbatory fantasy about instant wealth--it's less a drama than the film version of a Sharper Image catalogue--that no doubt gave more pleasure to its writer-director than it does to the audience. Padded out with scenes of
conspicuous consumption, this beached whale of an action film is populated with slow-witted characters who seem to be living out the punchlines of moron jokes. The film generates neither sympathy nor suspense, and the stupidity of the putative heroes is truly annoying. Additional aggravations
include extraneous sex scenes, a running gag about Scott's fanciful excuses to his grandparents, and the filmmakers' inability to edit scenes in a way that builds tension. Tediously juvenile, this spending spree disguised as an action picture only revs up its engines during its climactic
high-speed chase. (Graphic violence, extreme profanity, nudity, sexual situations, substance abuse.)
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- Released: 1994
- Rating: NR
- Review: The amateurish MONEY TO BURN appears to have been semi-improvised with the camera running. Ostensibly an action film, it could hardly be less exciting. Although their respective families castigate them as ne'er-do-wells living from six-pack to six-pack,… (more)