In this fiendishly funny comedy from the creators of Airplane!, loathsome millionaire Sam Stone (Danny DeVito) is RUTHLESS. How ruthless? When his shrill wife Barbara (Bette Midler) is nabbed by inept kidnappers (Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater), Sam cries tears of joy... and refuses to pay the ransom. And when the abductors threaten to kill the abrasive heiress, Sam takes immediate action — he celebrates.
Produced in 1984, but the humour is so clumsy it feels much older. There is a lot of shouting and throwing of cups, but slapstick can be much funnier. Is it trying to be more sophisticated than that? The plot is pretty straight forward. Probably the worst part is the acting overall. This type of "goof-ball" comedy is a very fine line between cringingly bad and classic. Airplane is a classic, this is not.