The return of the Kehr Capsule of the Week: Brewster’s Millions (1985)

Evidently, Walter Hill woke up one morning, checked his driver’s license, thought it said “Arthur Hiller,” and set about work on this crushingly bland comedy (1985). There isn’t an ounce of his personality in it; what’s more, there’s barely a trace of the personality of its two talented stars, Richard Pryor and John Candy—they drift around as weightlessly as Bill Bixby in a made-for-TV movie. The plot is an update of the old farce (last filmed by Allan Dwan in 1945) about an earnest young man who must spend $30 million in 30 days in order to win an inheritance of $300 million. Some of the money should have been spent on a gag writer, because there’s hardly a laugh line or a funny situation in it. Hill contents himself with a continuous expression of good-natured greed, refusing all the story line’s opportunities for caustic satire or exploration of character. With Lonette McKee, Stephen Collins, Jerry Orbach, Pat Hingle, Tovah Feldshuh, and Hume Cronyn.

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