With Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder in the lead roles, See No Evil, Hear No Evil could only be a broadly played, occasionally crass, funny physical comedy [from a screen story by Earl Barret, Arne Sultan and Marvin Worth].
How the blind Pryor ends up working for the deaf Wilder at a Manhattan lobby newsstand really is inconsequential, since neither their first encounter, nor anything that follows, is believable for a minute, including the thing that binds them in the first place – how each denies his limitations.
While Wilder’s back is turned, a customer is shot in the back. Pryor is out on the curb listening for the New York Daily News to make its morning drop – so he misses hearing anything inside.
By the time Wilder turns around, he’s only able to catch a glimpse of the assailant’s (Joan Severance) sexy gams. Pryor has missed it all, though he does manage to catch a whiff of Severance’s perfume before she slips by him onto the crowded street.
The cops arrive and, in predictable fashion, arrest the only suspects around, the two numbskulls who couldn’t possibly coordinate anything, much less a murder.