B-Movies of our Youth: Opportunity Knocks (1990)
Movie Name: Opportunity Knocks
Directed By: Donald Petrie
Produced By: Mark Gordon, Brad Grey, Raymond Hartwick, Chris Meledandri and Terry Spazek
Release Date: March 30th, 1990
Budget: $13 Million
Box Office: $11,359,129
This is movie that truly deserves to be in the B movie category. This is a movie with Dana Carvey and was released at the height of his popularity. He had hit his stride with SNL (Saturday Night Live) and his comedic career was just reaching its peak. Let us see if this movie is as bad as its 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Dana Carvey plays the character of Eddie Farrell. His partner in crime is named Lou Pesquino (played by Todd Graff). They are both con men trying just trying to make a few bucks.
The story really begins when they try to burglarize a house. Once they get inside they listen to the answering machine and realize that the house will not have anyone for a while. The person what was supposed to take care of the house is unable to make it. So the 2 con men take advantage and stay the night.
In the meantime, thugs looking for their money come after them and they get separated. Lou runs away while Eddie stays in the big empty house.
However in the morning, Eddie is greeted by the parents (Mona and Milt) of the person who owns the house . His friend (Jonathan Albertson) was supposed to come in and keep an eye on the place. Since they did know how their son's friend looked like, Eddie decides to play the part.
Then he meets Milt (Mona's husband) who offers him a job, not knowing Eddie is playing a con. While he plays this con, he meets this girl called Dr. Annie Malkin (played by Julia Campbell) who is Milt's daughter. He at first wants to use Annie as a way to get to her father's money. However, as time passes by and the more that they hang out, Eddie, realizes that he is actually falling for her.
Like any stereotypical story line, nothing ever goes smoothly or else we would not have a movie. Lou eventually gets captured by the thugs who the duo owe money to. Playing the con gets more and more difficult. In the end, Annie finds out of Eddie's ploy and things go downhill from there.
The rest of the movie is trying to get Lou out of trouble for good and Eddie also wants to make it right with Annie.
Opportunity Knocks Trailer
The weird thing about Dana Carvey, you either like him or you don't. I personally like him as I grew up with him on SNL and although there was only half a season, I liked the Dana Carvey show.
Now, this is not one of his good movies by any means. The story is pretty weak and far fetched. However, that does not bother me as movies are supposed to stretch the imagination.
The jokes in the movie are based on Dana Carvey's comedy on SNL or his stand up. You will see him do a bunch of imitations like George Bush Sr. and some random accents. So they tried to play to his strengths.
The supporting cast is pretty much just that. They are just there to complete the story and are not that memorable.
I honestly think this is a better movie than Master of Disguise (2002). Having said the above, I secretly like this movie. It is not the best by any means, but it reminds me of a time when I did not care if the movie was stupid. I just enjoyed it for what it was. To put this in today's perspective, would I pay money to go see this movie at the theatre? I do not think that I would have paid full price but I would pay money on cheapy Tuesdays.
Yes it is not great but it is a B Movie and I would rent this from time to time. Unfortunately, this is a hard movie to find nowadays. It was probably due to its horrible box office revenue.
Rating: 3 cons out of 5
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