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The Master of Disguise (2002)

  Starring: Dana Carvey, Jennifer Esposito
Links: The Master of Disguise on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 1.00 (1 rating)
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"Dana Carvey's suicide movie" - a review by em_fiction

The Master of Disguise is a boring, unfunny piece of excrement starring Dana Carvey, probably best known for his Saturday Night Live stuff and also as Wayne's sidekick, Garth, in the film that made Mike Myers famous before the Austin Powers trilogy, Wayne's World (1992). Basically, some dumbass turd named — okay, I can't even remember his name but never mind that — is the clumsy son of an Italian restaurant owner (yes, I know Dana Carvey looks nothing like an Italian, even though, as someone pointed out to me, he is one). His father gets kidnapped by some gangsters and then he finds out that his father was once a 'master of disguise' (yep, such a great twist ain't it?). So, with some quick training from his grandpa (I think) and of course the formulaic beauty who lives down the road, in this case played by the gorgeous Jennifer Esposito (she almost looks embarrassed to be in this film — why oh why did she do this?), the little dumb Carvey character sets off to rescue his father (another, much better film which uses this scenario is Spy Kids (2001)).

I forget how long this film actually went for but I do remember that it was too long for me. It relies so heavily on Dana Carvey's bad, bad, almost a fucking astrosity of an attempt at humour that it forgets about the other things that need working on, such as plot. The only reason the film has Jennifer Esposito is so the audiences' eyes are kept on the screen rather than on those exit doors at the bottom of the cinema which no one ever uses and wondering where they may lead (that alone is probably more interesting than this entire waste of film).

The story is absolutely ludicrous. Do these people think that it will hurt to put in one thing that makes sense? Or at least have one intelligent joke instead of obnoxious turtle costumes and inflatable bodies which are about as funny as a fart in an elevator? You'd probably have more laughs reading this review than you would watching that God awful piece of crap (NB: that was not a self-promotion of humour).

I think I've made myself clear. Bottom line: avoid at all costs.

em_fiction gives this movie 1 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 20 Jan 2004

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Reader comments

  1. Two words: Children's Film, that's all I'm going to say, my sister loves it and she's six

    A comment from Emmett (http://www.guiltyfilms.com) on Sun 22 May 2005 21:54 #


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