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Bad Guys

Bad Guys is a poorly-scripted, would-be comedy attempting to cash in on the popularity of wrestling. Merest pretext of a story has young cops Adam Baldwin and Mike Jolly suspended from the LA police after a brawl with bikers in a bar owned by Dutch Mann (who pointlessly keeps cropping up in the film as their nemesis). After tastless footage detailing their odd jobs (including a leering stint as male strippers), they turn their wrestling avocation into a fulltume job under the tutelage of pretty reporter-turned-manager Michelle Nicastro.

Bad Guys is a poorly-scripted, would-be comedy attempting to cash in on the popularity of wrestling. Merest pretext of a story has young cops Adam Baldwin and Mike Jolly suspended from the LA police after a brawl with bikers in a bar owned by Dutch Mann (who pointlessly keeps cropping up in the film as their nemesis). After tastless footage detailing their odd jobs (including a leering stint as male strippers), they turn their wrestling avocation into a fulltume job under the tutelage of pretty reporter-turned-manager Michelle Nicastro.

Quickly discovering that the dirty practitioners are the stars in wrestling’s firmament, the heroes don masks and become the Boston Bad Guys, tutored in illegal moves by Gene LeBell and his wife (Ruth Buzzi).

Burdened with hoary, unfunny dialog, director Joel Silberg directs in frantic, comic strip fashion, having the lines exclaimed as if they were displayed in balloons above the actors’ heads. Topliner Baldwin is unrecognizable here with blond-dyed hair. He doesn’t have the body weight to be convincing as a wrestler. Costar Jolly is bland while Nicastro looks out of place in a role better suited to a comedienne in the Cyndi Lauper style.

Bad Guys

  • Production: Tomorrow. Director Joel Silberg; Producer John D. Backe, Myron A. Hyman; Screenplay Brady W. Setwater, Joe Gillis; Camera Hanania Baer; Editor Peter Parasheles, Christopher Holmes; Music William Goldstein; Art Director Ivo Cristante
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 86 MIN.
  • With: Adam Baldwin Mike Jolly Michelle Nicastro Ruth Buzzi James Booth Dutch Mann
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