Johnny Dangerously

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"Organized crime has never been this disorganized!"
  • PG-13
  • 1984
  • 6.5  (16,181)
  • 54

Johnny Dangerously is a 1984 American comedy film, directed by Amy Heckerling and starring Michael Keaton, Joe Piscopo, and Marilu Henner. The film is a parody of the 1930s and 1940s gangster films and tells the story of Johnny Kelly, a young man who becomes involved in organized crime to support his family. The film is set in the 1930s, during the height of the prohibition era. Johnny Kelly (Michael Keaton) is a young man who wants to provide for his mother and brother after the death of his father. He becomes a gangster known as Johnny Dangerously, working for the notorious gangster Jocko Dundee (Peter Boyle). Johnny tries to keep his criminal career a secret from his family, but eventually, his brother Tommy (Griffin Dunne) becomes a cop and is determined to bring Johnny to justice.

Along the way, Johnny falls in love with a beautiful woman named Lil (Marilu Henner), who works as a nightclub singer. However, Lil is also the girlfriend of Jocko, and their relationship threatens to cause trouble for Johnny. Meanwhile, a rival gang led by Vermin (Joe Piscopo) is also vying for power and influence in the criminal underworld.

The film is a classic comedy that pays homage to the gangster films of the past. It is full of tongue-in-cheek humor and witty one-liners, as well as some hilarious physical comedy. Michael Keaton delivers a fantastic performance as Johnny Dangerously, perfectly balancing the character's tough guy persona with his softer side. He is joined by an equally talented cast, including Joe Piscopo, whose portrayal of Vermin is both hilarious and menacing.

Marilu Henner also shines as Lil, the beautiful nightclub singer who is torn between Johnny and Jocko. She brings a sense of humor and vulnerability to the role, making her a perfect match for Keaton's Johnny. The supporting cast is also excellent, with the likes of Peter Boyle, Richard Dimitri, and Danny DeVito delivering memorable performances.

One of the standout elements of the film is its clever use of language. The script is full of puns, wordplay, and jokes that play off the gangster genre, creating a unique and memorable film that is both entertaining and clever. The film also features some amusingly fake-looking special effects, which add to the overall charm and humor of the film.

Overall, Johnny Dangerously is a delightful parody of classic gangster films. It is a film that is full of wit, humor, and heart, and is sure to bring a smile to the face of anyone who watches it. Fans of classic comedies and the gangster genre alike will find something to enjoy in this delightful film.

Johnny Dangerously is a 1984 comedy. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5 and a MetaScore of 54.

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