The latest Tim Allen comedy had a predictable script, but the superb actors’ easy going approach made the movie work. Allen directed “Crazy on the outside” and he was its hero, but fortunately he let the other people have plenty of screentime and jokes. Including
- Sigourney Weaver, as the overbearing sister
- Julie Bowen, as the lover who is torn between love and money
- Ray Liotta, as the slimy and smooth criminal
- Kelsey Grammer, as the aging industrialist
- Jeanne Tripplehorn, as the “tough love” style probation officer
- J.K. Simmons, as the skeptic brother-in-law
- Jon Gries, as the stupid convict
- and my favorite, Helen Slayton-Hughes, as the Allen’s mother who learned some French and picked up some faux-French culture because she was told that her son was in France and not in prison.
There is not much else to say. There are plenty of one-liners there is a basic story and a few lessons. Lesson number one is follow the straight path, don’t be a criminal. Lesson number two love doesn’t know boundaries. Although if we believe in monogamy’s value then this lessons is overshadowed by Bowen’s role, who wants to marry for money AND keep her ex-lover for sex. Lesson number three: don’t lie. Lesson number four: don’t give up. But you don’t have to focus on the lessons to have some hearty laughs. That’s all the movie wants you to do anyway.
IMDB’s summary: A recently paroled ex-con who has trouble adjusting to the wacky normalcy of life outside of prison. He has spent the last three years behind bars after getting caught committing a crime and taking the rap for his much more dangerous pal.