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Review: STOP! OR MY MOM WILL SHOOT (1992)

by Meredith Grau

http://lalalandhistory.blogspot.com/

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Best Bad Quote:
“Go ahead… Make your bed.”
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Confession time: I enjoyed this movie way more than I should have. There are so many things wrong with it: hokey writing, a contrived, doofus pliot, and Sylvester Stallone in a diaper. Yet, the power of Estelle Getty, the heartwarming tale of mother and son, the absolute absurdity of the ensuing action– and Sylvester Stallone in a diaper– make it all worth it. Don’t worry. It’s bad. It’s so, so bad. But it represents the kind of nostalgic badness that is also kind of good. Kind of. I mean, these days, it’s a decent success ratio if you’re laughing 1/2 at the movie and 1/2 with it. That being said, if I never saw the movie again, I wouldn’t be upset. Try to take away Demolition Man, and I will tell you a different story, [Raises fists]!
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Sgt. Joe Bomowski (Sly) is a tough cop who knows his stuff, as he proves in the film’s opening undercover operation. He plays it cool and makes a fool [of Ving Rhames]. However, “Joey” has one major Achilles heel working against his machismo: his Mommy (Getty). As such, this man’s man essentially has his world turned upside down when Mama Tutti Bomowski comes for a visit, dampening her hard-nosed prodigy’s reputation by showing complete strangers an extensive lexicon of his naked baby photos and chronically talking about his “pee-pee.” (Even I was tired of hearing about it, and usually conversations of the penile persuasion really paddle my canoe).
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Meddling in both Joey’s relationship with Lt. Gwen Harper (JoBeth Williams) and his work on the force, Tutti has an unfortunate way of taking a bad situation and making it worse. Unfortunately for Joey, she also witnesses a brutal murder, (orchestrated by the dude who gets eaten off the toilet in Jurassic Park).. Soon, she’s following Joey on stakeouts, withholding information from the police, and buying machine guns downtown. “His ass was grass, and I was the lawnmower!” Oy vey, Ma... It’s the old Mom has boy, Mom loses boy, Boy realizes where his bread is really buttered story. Tugs on your testes, doesn’t it? Or heartstrings. Whichever.
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This movie is really all Estelle. I was never a huge Golden Girls fan, as I have a distinct fear of senior citizens. (“Graduate” already, know what I mean)? Yet, this seasoned vet is funny as Hell and really holds her own against the Italian Stallion, who clearly enjoyed playing opposite her and was man enough to give her the floor, even at the risk of coming off looking like a nincompoop. Which he does. Sly can do cocky, boyish comedy in his action films, but this level of Keystone Coppery is not a good fit for him. Getty steals the show in every scene, making his acting mucho hammy and overdone. However, the duo have a surprising chemistry, which makes the mismatch more entertaining than it is horrible.
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There is very little impressive action in the film, so those waiting for a big Sly thunderstorm of pain will be dismally upset. I know I was. BUT, you get to see Estelle pull out a pistol in slow-mo, so… Potato/Potatoe, I guess? I’m not totally certain what happens in this film. I know love conquers all, there are some mild explosions, and the bad guys don’t play any real part in the plot, so the alleged stakes are nothing but anonymous background noise for the antics of the May-December comedy duo. At the final closing reel, I was laughing my ass off, because it was the lamest send-off ever, and I couldn’t understand what had just happened to me. You know when you’re being beaten by a metal rod, and you’re so far past the point of pain that you just laugh like a hyena? That was me. But Hell, if it’s Sunday and nothing else is on, this will do in a pinch. (Better than getting sucked into the dead lights of an Amanda Bynes movie marathon. Shudder…).
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Rating:
 
3 out of 5 Gun-toting Geezers with Gumption!
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