Leonard Part 6
Reviewed by Gord Pratt
Rating: 8 Beans
emember when Bill Cosby was funny? Forget GHOST DAD and ignore JACK. Think back to FAT ALBERT and 1984's COSBY SHOW (the first season or two). Even before that, think of his stand-up comedy acts. I know you have a tape or LP of them somewhere in your house. I know I have several.
But that was before Bill lost whatever he had that mae him what he was. In LEONARD PART 6, we see Dr. William H. Cosby Jr. as a burnt out hollow shell of his former self. Here, we see Bill as Leonard Parker, a retired CIA agent. Leonard just wants to work at his restaurant and try to get his ex-wife back. But the pesky CIA insists he reutnr to duty to save the world from "Medusa", an evil vegetarian who threatens to take control of the entire Bay area . Her method suits her madness -- she intends to control the minds of all the animals and use them to take over the world. The relationship between controlling the Bay area dn the World is never explained.
In fact, a *lot* of things are never explained in this movie. Like how Leonard got too be so damned rich. Leonard's mansion rivals even the fictional Wayne Manor. Too many strings are left untied in this film, to the point where the filmakers don't even seem to care that it doesn't make any sense.
The plot is terrificaly tripe, and stupendously stupid. There is no reason for this movie to exist, and there's no explanation for why it does. What was Bill thinking? Did he *really* believe this was going to be funny?
The movie opens with a secret team of divers in the Bay. They release a rainbow trout which darts up a pipe, pauses to look at a playboy magazine, and eventually bursts into a swimming pool where it kills and devours the swimmer. Hilarious. All the while I can't help thinking, "why is his pool attached directly to the bay? How can that trout breath clorinated water? Were special effects really that bad it 1987?"
This film defies logic. It also defies good taste and judgment. And again, I lament the loss of the funny Bill Cosby.
"When you've survived vicious vegetarians and taken a bullet from your shoulder, you don't need your daughter flaunting her full frontal charms to an audience of strangers."
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