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Movie Review: 'Mad Dog Time'

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Mad Dog Time

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
93 minutes
performer:
Ellen Barkin, Joey Bishop, Gabriel Byrne, Richard Dreyfuss, Larry Bishop, Richard Pryor, Burt Reynolds, Jeff Goldblum, Billy Idol
director:
Larry Bishop
genre:
Comedy, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a D-

Writer-director Larry Bishop has filled the jaw-droppingly incoherent crime-film parody Mad Dog Time with familiar faces, including Jeff Goldblum as a suave gangster, Richard Dreyfuss as a kingpin who’s supposed to have multiple personalities but barely projects one, and Burt Reynolds, with what seems like way too many upper teeth. Plus Ellen Barkin, Gabriel Byrne, and, in blink-fast cameos, Richard Pryor and the auteur’s father, Joey Bishop. The script is so lame, its idea of a joke is to have a character refer to angina as vagina. It’s so lame, we’re expected to laugh when Barkin gets exasperated that three characters’ names — Vic, Mick, and Nick — rhyme. The cast yammer nonsensically and shoot holes in each other’s skulls. In these standoff shoot-’em-ups, the film becomes Reservoir Dogs with rabies. D-