Men at Work

August 24th, 1990


Men at Work

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Carl and James are two pleasant but unambitious garbage men. Carl has a telescope with which he observes his neighbors...

Release Year: 1990

Rating: 5.6/10 (9,533 voted)

Director: Emilio Estevez

Stars: Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Leslie Hope

Carl and James are two pleasant but unambitious garbage men. Carl has a telescope with which he observes his neighbors. One evening he sees a man giving a female neighbor a hard time. As she leaves he shoots the man with a pellet gun. Hiding, he and James miss two men strangling the man and leaving with the body. When he appears in a can on their route they are afraid and hide the body, fearing that they may be implicated in the death. Trying to crack the case, they spy on the woman, join up with a slightly to majorly crazed Vietnam vet, kidnap a pizza man and help to protect the ecology.

Charlie Sheen - Carl Taylor
Emilio Estevez - James St. James
Leslie Hope - Susan Wilkins
Keith David - Louis Fedders
Dean Cameron - Pizza Man
John Getz - Maxwell Potterdam III
Hawk Wolinski - Biff
John Lavachielli - Mario
Geoffrey Blake - Frost
Cameron Dye - Luzinski
John Putch - Mike
Tommy Hinkley - Jeff
Darrell Larson - Jack Berger
Sy Richardson - Walt Richardson
Kari Whitman - Judy

Taglines: Cleaning up in August at theaters everywhere.

Release Date: 24 August 1990

Filming Locations: Hermosa Beach, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $3,184,311 (USA) (26 August 1990) (962 Screens)

Gross: $16,247,964 (USA)

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Did You Know?

The Japanese garbage collectors' union demanded that the film be banned from video shelves as it disparaged trash collectors, portraying them in a poor light.

Continuity: When Carl and James are eating lunch Carl's (Charlie Sheen), bottle of Budweiser rotates between camera shots to always have the top red label 'Bud' towards the the camera without being touched.

[first lines]
Jack Berger: I can't support this activity any longer, Max.

User Review

Hilarious of the best of the '90s

Rating: 10/10

People who dismiss this as juvenile humor or another stupid buddy comedy are totally off the target. Emilio Estevez's screenplay is quite an intelligent story with a number of colorful characters. Real-life brothers Estevez and Charlie Sheen have EXCELLENT chemistry together - their comic timing is perfect, and the scenes where they're just hanging out, talking about their plans to open a surf shop are a true highlight.

Another true highlight is Keith David. This is, without a doubt, his finest performance captured on film. Playing the rough boss's brother-in-law Louis, who is employed to keep a watch on the mischevious garbagemen pals, David is just perfect. Hearing him lecture about "another man's fries", his Vietnam days "in the jungle", and his speech to the cops are just all priceless moments. It's one of the funniest marriages of actor and role - and Mr. David just plays it all so well. Watch him snap at the pizza man who's "seen too much."

All in all, "Men at Work" is a delightful, crowd-pleasing comedy that is able to make me laugh far more than the types of films that are heralded as "excellent comedies" like "Dr. Strangelove" and "Annie Hall." Give me this any day.

And Charlie, you may put this down...but in all honesty, this is your finest work to date, even ahead of comedic roles in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and the two very good "Major League" movies. It's lightyears better than the low points of "Spin City", too.

"Men at Work" is highly recommended, and is one of many films on IMDb whose low rating you can completely disregard. Or don't disregard it, but then you'll just be even more pleasantly surprised by the ensuing hilarity.


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