Steve Simels
August 02, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

King Ralph

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
John Goodman, Peter O'Toole
director
David S. Ward
distributor
MCA/Universal Home Video
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C-

John Goodman’s first starring vehicle — an extended piece of sitcom nonsense about a slob Las Vegas lounge singer who becomes king of England — is one of those movies that’s so inoffensive that eventually it begins to annoy you. You suspect it’s a ploy to distract you from realizing that it’s also not very funny. Goodman himself is quite amusing (part Oliver Hardy, part Jackie Gleason). And the entire cast is vastly better than the script demands; King Ralph really should have been a TV movie starring Tony Danza or Ed O’Neill. There are a few mild grins and fewer genuine laughs to be had here. But in any case, the whole thing is so formulaic and predictable you’ll probably doze off before you notice that its plot is a rehash of The Prisoner of Zenda. C-

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