Acclaimed stand-up comic and dramatic actor Larry Miller fritters away his writing and performing talents on this woeful variation on STIR CRAZY.
Accountant Ben Babbitt (Miller) finds that blood ties trump all when he tries to blow the whistle on Jack Stanford (David Rasche), who's embezzling from his family's firm. Jack and his wife, Kathy (Christine Ebersole), frame Babbitt, who wind up in prison. He befriends the equally innocent Ben Carter (Tommy Davidson), an African American waiter convicted of being part of a a Chinese triad gang. Fortunately for the mild-mannered Babbitt, he acquires an undeserved tough guy reputation by accidentally choking a much-feared inmate and inadvertently saving the life of Kyle (Delroy Lindo), the most powerful convict in the joint. Carter brags about Babbitt’s financial wizardry, so Kyle insists
he use the prison computer to invest $50. million dollars of Kyle's ill-gotten gains. Although it's a mere drop in the bucket for the kingpin, Babbitt doesn’t tell Kyle when he loses it all – he instead buys some time by plugging into Stanford Inc’s mainframe and diverting funds. The transaction does, however, send up red flags with Jack and Kathy. When Kyle breaks out of prison, he
takes Babbitt and Carter along; Babbitt, anxious not to get onto the topic of Kyle's money, leads Kyle and Carter to Stanford Inc and confronts the couple who framed him. Babbitt is in a tough spot, but the Feds have Mr. and Mrs. Stanford under surveillance, and Babbitt’s bad investment strategy just might look like genius as the stock market undergoes an unexpected correction.
It's disheartening to see so many talented performers trying to breathe life into stale jokes. Ironically, dramatic actor Lindo delivers the only really funny performance in this ineptly directed farce; his Kyle is equal parts comic
comic menace and tough-guy self assurance – you never doubt for a moment that he's a captain of criminal industry.
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- Released: 1999
- Rating: R
- Review: Acclaimed stand-up comic and dramatic actor Larry Miller fritters away his writing and performing talents on this woeful variation on STIR CRAZY. Accountant Ben Babbitt (Miller) finds that blood ties trump all when he tries to blow the whistle on Jack S… (more)