Picks and Pans Review: Working Trash

updated 11/26/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/26/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

Fox (Mon., Nov. 26, 8 P.M. ET)


The network's first original movie is a giddy but flaccid comedy starring George Carlin and Ben Stiller as a pair of janitors who clean up, literally and figuratively, on Wall Street. All it takes is a few shrewd investments and suddenly all the guys down in the boiler room are living high on the hog.

Though the writing is weak (this was probably a script the Fat Boys turned down) and the plot padded, the cast is likable. For Carlin, this is the first time (with the exception of his stand-up concerts for HBO) that TV has made decent use of his talents. Stiller, who for a time had his own indulgent satire show on MTV, is the son of comedy team Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. He's acceptable in the bland role of the innocent romantic.

Those two are supported by Michael J. Pollard, Dan (the voice of Homer Simpson) Castellaneta and Buddy Ebsen, who, speaking of voices, trots out a wicked W.C. Fields imitation for some of his scenes.

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