To say that Gone Fishin’ is a dumb movie would be an understatement. If they somehow figured out how to watch movies while you’re in a comatose state this would be a movie they would play. Simplistic and without any agenda, it’s just so damn relaxing that I simply had to recommend it. Sometimes this is exactly what you want to watch. Something without intricate plots, complex characters and twists. Just a plain old predictable comedy. To spice things up, consider that the script for this movie wrote none other than J.J. Abrams (Lost, Super 8, Star Trek: Into The Darkness, Star Wars: Episode VII)!

It’s Sunday, you’re trying to get over the hangover from last night and you just want to space out. You play this movie and just go Zen. A feel-good, family time entertainment movies like Gone Fishin’ are a thing of the past now, so it’s also amusing to see how they went about creating such a movie. Especially when you consider the budget of a whopping 53 million freakin’ dollars. You gotta be wondering how the fuck did they manage to spend so much on a movie about two guys going fishing. Granted, there are a lot of stunts and scenes where shit explodes or just crashes. A perfect example of a sturdy nineties action comedy. It’s both an adventure and a road movie with a really good pacing.

Meet Joe and Gus, two average guys who just love fishing. However, it seems that fishing doesn’t love them and they always end up in some trouble when they go fishing. When they win a trip to Florida everglades to do some angling, their wives tell them they have to be back by Thanksgiving. As it turns out this will be a bit hard to pull off as their car gets stolen by a murdering conman. And this is just the beginning of their troubles.

Joe Pesci and Danny Glover were great here, playing this type of comedy pitch-perfect and straight as fuck. We also have Rosanna Arquette and Willie Nelson in supporting roles to spice things up. This movie is so bad that it simply pushed through and came out on the other side as hilarious. Joe and Gus keep calling each other by name in every other sentence. In every fucking other sentence!

You can clearly see that they were trying to ride the wave of boomer buddy comedies like Grumpy Old Men and My Fellow Americans. The sequel to the first one, Grumpier Old Men is also about fishing. This is probably the hardest review I had to write because I don’t know how to describe this movie. You simply have to see it to believe it. By now, you know what it’s like so either check it out or move on to something else.

Director: Christopher Cain

Writers: Jill Mazursky, J.J. Abrams

Cast: Joe Pesci, Danny Glover, Rosanna Arquette, Lynn Whitfield, Willie Nelson, Nick Brimble

Fun Stuff: John G. Avildsen was the film’s original director. He was fired after two weeks, paid his $2 million salary, and replaced by ‘Christopher Cain’

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119214/

2 Responses

  1. jasper

    Hmm kind of dissapointed.
    First i read this: “Only reviews of movies worth watching, no bad, no boring movies. Enjoy your stay, and be sure to leave some comments. DAILY UPDATED!!!”

    And then this:
    “If you are feeling in a mood for this flick check it out, at least the time will go faster, but be warned that is not that good.”

    Hope not to many of these “not that good” movies will be listed here. Thats why i liked Rabbit Reviews,,,

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  2. Rabbit-Reviews

    Well, as I said it is not that good and some of the people may not like it, but it is relaxing when you`re in the right mood… (although I cannot remember why would I post something like that :D)
    And of course, this is one of few mediocre movies that is or will be on the site.
    Thank you for the feedback and stay tuned for more movies…

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