Sony // 1991 // 94 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Judge Patrick Naugle // December 5th, 2002
One lies for fun.
The other lies for money.
Now that's teamwork.
Gene Wilder is George, a pathological liar who has spent the last three years in a sanitarium trying to stop himself from fibbing. Richard Pryor is Eddie Dash, a con man on parole who is given community service work with the disabled. Together these two will scam their way through high society as they discover that the best partners are the ones who can't tell the truth! When Eddie is sent to spend time with George at the mental facility the two men suddenly get caught up in a whirlwind adventure of beautiful women, wealthy estates and enormous lies! After George is mistaken for Abe Fielding -- the sole son of rich, deceased brewery owner -- his fabricated stories begin to get completely out of hand. Suddenly George and Eddie find themselves inside of a lavish home with oodles of money, fine material possessions...and a woman (Mercedes Ruehl, The Fisher King) who claims to be George's wife! But when an unscrupulous money manager (Stephen Lang, The Hard Way) claiming to be a "good friend" conceals a plot to knock off George and inherit his fortunes, the lies really begin to fly! With Eddie at his side egging him on, George finds himself deep in deceit...and even deeper in trouble!
Oh, what a dismal and disappointing film Another You turned out to be. While I was never a huge fan of Pryor and Wilder's films, I did enjoy some of their respective antics on screen. Stir Crazy and Silver Streak are funny films that, while flawed, showcase Pryor's acidic, profane wit and Wilder's strange brand of humor. See No Evil, Hear No Evil is light on laughs, but still featured some funny bits by the duo. With Another You, Pryor and Wilder had hit bottom and audiences knew it -- this 1991 flop ended up being the last film to feature the popular screen pairing. So what went wrong? Everything, from the insipid screenplay to the horrid one-liners, the half-hearted performances to the cheesy saxophone soundtrack. But maybe Another You's biggest flaw (and a sad one at that) is Richard Pryor's uneasy performance. It's painfully obvious that the symptoms of Pryor's Multiple Sclerosis were largely at work, making this movie a tough watch -- Pryor's comic timing is so off that it will make even his biggest fans cringe. Wilder also seems a bit haggard and run down; with his shaggy curls and hound dog expressions going into overtime, this movie feels more like a means to a paycheck than to good comedy. Mercedes Ruehl -- one of the least exciting actresses in recent memory -- prances around onscreen in her nightgown as if auditioning for a Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. All of this is wrapped around a fluffy '80s-like screenplay that features maybe two mildly funny one-liners at best and a story arc that is...how do I say this delicately?...even less anti-climactic than seeing your 95 year old grandmother naked. If nothing else the film serves as a footnote in the career of singer/actress Vanessa Williams, who shows up briefly in a few scenes as Pryor's young love interest (further proof that Hollywood is the king of suspension of disbelief). Another You is a comedy reserved for diehard Pryor/Wilder fans only, and even they should consider staying far away.
Another You is presented in a better-than-average 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Columbia has made sure this transfer is clear of any major defects with colors and black levels appearing solid and bright. With only a small amount of haloing creeping up in the image, this print is far better than the film deserves. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in English. There isn't a lot to say about this track except that it ably supports the film and is clear of any hiss or distortion. Since this film is a dialogue driven comedy it's no surprise to find this mix void of any distinguishable directional effects or surround sounds. Also included on this disc are English, Spanish, and French subtitles.
Thank your merciful maker that this disc has been given a relatively bare bones treatment. I don't think I could have sat through a documentary or commentary track by any of the participants of this flick. The only extra features included on this disc are a few theatrical trailers for a few Columbia titles.
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* 1.85:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (English)
Running Time: 94 Minutes
Release Year: 1991
MPAA Rating: Rated R
* Theatrical Trailershttp://us.imdb.com/Details?0101356