Don’t be confused by the title, this week’s movie recommendation has nothing to do with the Hollywood awards show. It has to do with a criminally underrated comedy from the early 90′s called “Oscar.”
The movie stars Sylvester Stallone but it also has a fabulous supporting cast including Tim Curry, Peter Riegert, Marisa Tomei, and Chazz Palminteri. It is a period piece about a 1930′s gangster attempting to fulfill his father’s dying wish by going straight. Needless to say, a number of wacky obstacles pop up over the course of his attempt.
The movie is very much like a play; almost the entire film takes place in the same location over the course of one day. The jokes fly fast and furious and include some that you won’t get if you don’t understand the period and the lingo. There are also some terrific sight gags, including one scene in which Stallone attempts to disarm one of his lieutenants, played by Chazz Palminteri, and finds the task quite a bit more challenging than he bargained for.
If you’ve never heard of this movie, that’s because it bombed upon its release. Maybe that is because Stallone is not really known for comedy, but whatever the reason, it is a shame. So, if you feel like a wacky period comedy tonight, give “Oscar” a try.