Picks and Pans Review: Easy Money

updated 09/05/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/05/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Okay, Rodney Dangerfield, we'll give you some respect when you stop making lousy movies. Snappy one-liners and bonkers beer commercials are one thing, but an R-rated movie with nothing but sight gags, dirty jokes and Rodney doing his bulging-eyeball number is another. Dangerfield plays a children's photographer who likes to eat, drink and gamble with his buddies. He's a slob. Then one day, his very rich mother-in-law, Geraldine Fitzgerald, decides it's time to reform him. If he stops drinking, smoking and gambling and loses a lot of weight, the family department store is his. The movie's subplot has far more potential for humor and interest—Dangerfield's daughter, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, gets engaged to a Latino, and this provides more laughs than Rodney's incessant no-respect shtick. When things go wrong on the wedding night, Leigh runs home to Daddy. Her lovesick husband, Taylor Negron, and his best buddy do a lot of what appears to be reject Cheech and Chong material trying to win her back—which comes almost as a relief from the tedium of the rest of the movie. Dangerfield just seems to have become locked into a one-joke routine. After a while he wears down the audience. (R)

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