Watch Going Berserk
- 1 hr 24 min
Going Berserk is a 1983 comedy film directed by David Steinberg and starring John Candy, Joe Flaherty, and Eugene Levy. The film follows the misadventures of a hapless limousine driver named John Bourgignon (played by Candy) who finds himself caught up in a kidnapping plot involving a wealthy but eccentric businessman (played by Flaherty). The movie begins with John Bourgignon working as a limousine driver for the wealthy and powerful. He's proficient in his job, but he dreams of being a stand-up comedian. At the end of a long day of chauffeuring, he heads to a dingy nightclub to perform his routine. Unfortunately, his performance falls short, and he's booed off the stage. Despondent, John is approached by a mysterious woman named Nancy Reese (played by Patricia Pearcy) who offers him a gig at a private party. John agrees, only to find himself kidnapped by two bumbling crooks named Sal DiPasquale (played by Joe Flaherty) and Tony 'Eggs' Benedict (played by Eugene Levy). It turns out that John has been mistaken for a wealthy businessman named Clifford Skridlow (also played by John Candy), who Sal and Eggs plan to kidnap and ransom for a large sum of money. John is coerced into playing the part of Skridlow, and the two kidnappers force him to impersonate him so they can collect a hefty ransom. As John slips further and further into insanity while trying to keep up the ruse, he's helped along by a variety of oddball characters, including a stripper named Candy (played by Alley Mills), and a love-struck police officer named Lt. Bender (played by Kenneth Mars). The movie is a classic 80s comedy, with plenty of slapstick humor and zany characters. John Candy is his usual charming self, making the most out of his dual roles as the frazzled limo driver and the wealthy businessman. Joe Flaherty and Eugene Levy are equally hilarious as the dim-witted kidnappers, with their thick New York accents and goofy antics. The film is directed by comedian David Steinberg, who infuses the movie with his trademark wit and irreverence. There are plenty of memorable scenes and one-liners, including a hilarious song-and-dance routine performed by John Candy in drag and a wild car chase through the city streets. Despite its low budget and modest production values, Going Berserk remains a cult classic among fans of 80s comedies. It's a fun, lighthearted movie that doesn't take itself too seriously and is full of laughs from start to finish. If you're in the mood for a good old-fashioned comedy romp, this film is definitely worth checking out.