how I've looked forward to this review! I've always considered
myself a connoisseur of low budget alterna-flicks and dark
comedies. So when a movie comes along with the goal to be
"weird" and a cast of "norms", my world
is entirely validated.
Judd Nelson, plays Marty Mall, bad comic/ garbage man/ nerdy
loser/ human oddity/ boyfriend to Lara Flynn Boyle.... hold
on a second, are they going to try and slip that one by us?
There's even a spot in this film when a sexy nurse with a
huge chest corners Marty and tries to molest him, but because
he's so "nerdy" he resists and fights to get away.
I never understood this angle in movies. Beautiful girl is
coming on so strong that the nerds can't handle it?
anyway, (I'm getting sidetracked) Marty Mall is an unfunny
stand-up comic who repeatedly bombs on stage. This premise
does not work... it never works! Bad comedy is only entertaining
when it's real. And Judd Nelson make-believing to be a bad
comic is a sorry sight indeed. It's a shame to see another
Breakfast Club alumni come crashing down in flames on Normal
Bob's Top 10 Worst.
and his roommate (Bill Paxton) are garbage men. Very bad garbage
men. They throw stuff everywhere and spill garbage in the
street. This movie even had the nerve to do the ol' "throw-
garbage- out- of- camera- shot- hear- window- crash- followed-
by- cat- scream". Wow, the writers did overtime with
on, Marty discovers a bump growing out of his back. Slowly
this bump develops into a baby's arm then into a full grown
adult size arm (with hand). There is a priceless scene here
when he first discovers the arm and he begins running around
his apartment trying to escape the limb. It is a terribly
overdone slapstick piece set to the tune of circus music.
It's sped up and shot with the always weird bubble lens. Definitely
the most humiliating scene since Pia Zadora's garden hose
rape in The Lonely Lady.
this movie the director bombards us with a slew of characters
that he considers weird and original. For example, another
act at the theater is a woman in a Viking helmet singing opera
and playing a xylophone of midgets, bonking them on their
heads with hammers. I find Hollywood's idea of "bizarre"
fascinating. Judd's idea of "bizarre" is just as
original. He greased down his hair (like nerds do) horn rimmed
glasses (like a nerd's) and hunched shoulders (which looks
so unnatural). Oh yeah, and he's dressed in an oversized brown
leisure suit. Yup, your classic weirdo.
after much fuss, Marty and his roommate incorporate his freakish
third arm into his bad stand-up act. Hooray. More bad comedy.
The movie returns to this dry well again and again.
he is discovered and is offered a big Hollywood contract.
They pack up their suitcases for California. They only pack
two things; A suit jacket and a giant, metal Tonka truck.
Golly, that's just too wacky for even me.
next morning the arm is gone with no explanation whatsoever
and subsequently his career is finished before it even got
started. Marty is abandoned by everyone.
The least the director could have done was leave us with a
"I'm glad this movie left him to suffer" ending.
But no, Marty finds success on the stage telling the tale
of his third arm and the twisted, wacky stories of his kooky
everyone's career has to end sometime. Just pray that it's
not standing on a stage with your pants around the ankles
while everyone points and laughs at you.