The Crew

on August 25, 2000 by Dwayne E. Leslie
   All their lives, Bobby (Richard Dreyfuss), "Bats" (Burt Reynolds), "The Brick" (Dan Hedaya), and "The Mouth" (Seymour Cassel) wanted to be wiseguys. When they were young, they fearlessly walked the streets; now, in their twilight years, they can only reminisce about the good old days while sitting on the porch of their senior-citizen residence. But, in a scheme to daunt those who would evict them, the guys concoct a plan that involves an unidentified, already-deceased cadaver to make it appear as though they are a force to be reckoned with--that is, until the body is discovered to be the father of a local druglord. This complication, along with the demands of a blackmailing stripper (Jennifer Tilly) and the suspicions of local authorities, is more than the has-been hit men bargained for.

   The Grumpy Old Goodfellas shtick isn't enough to carry the film. Although The Mouth's Viagra-fueled exploits arouse a few laughs, the plodding, cliché-riddled story's visual gags and one-liners that continuously miss their marks. One should take heed of the film's overdone catchphrase and "Fuhgeddaboudit."    Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Burt Reynolds, Dan Hedaya, Seymour Cassel and Jennifer Tilly. Directed by Michael Dinner. Written by Barry Fanaro. Produced by Barry Sonnenfeld and Barry Josephson. A Buena Vista release. Comedy. Rated PG-13 for sexual content, violence and language. Running time: 88 min.

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