The Wrong Guys

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"At their best, they're the worst."
  • PG
  • 1988
  • 1 hr 26 min
  • 5.1  (941)

The Wrong Guys is a comedy film released in 1988 directed by Danny Bilson and features an ensemble cast including comedians Louie Anderson, Richard Lewis, and Richard Belzer among others. Although it might not be as widely recognized as some of its contemporary comedies, this film offers a blend of humor, adventure, and a warm-hearted look at friendship and nostalgia.

The premise of The Wrong Guys centers around a group of five middle-aged men who were friends and members of the same Cub Scout troop as kids. The group includes the gentle and kind-hearted Louie Anderson as Louie, neurotic and insecure Richard Lewis as Richard, sarcastic and edgy Richard Belzer as Belz, and their two friends, the meek Tim and the adventure-seeking Duke. The quintet shares a history that dates back to their childhood days, where their bonding was encapsulated by their experiences in the Cub Scouts.

As adults, they find themselves trapped in the mundane realities of everyday life. Louie works as a camp counselor for children, Richard is a pharmacologist with a lackluster career, and Belz is a failed inventor who has a flair for get-rich-quick schemes. Despite the passing of time and the different paths they have taken in life, the group shares an undeniable sense of nostalgia for the carefree days of their youth.

One day, out of the blue, Louie decides to reunite the old gang with the goal of reliving their glory days and finally accomplishing something they never managed to do as kids: to camp out in the wilderness and spend a night on their own, something any self-respecting Cub Scout should be able to do. Eager to escape their unsatisfying lives and rekindle their childhood spirits, the men enthusiastically agree.

As the friends set out on their adventure, it's clear they're out of their element. The physical challenges and the sheer awkwardness of middle-aged men trying to navigate the wild make for lots of slapstick laughs and situational comedy. Each of the men brings his own distinctive quirks to the group dynamic, and the interaction among these diverse personalities generates much of the film's humor. Louie's incessant optimism, Richard's hypochondriac tendencies, and Belz's cynical outlook are amplified when juxtaposed with the untamed great outdoors.

Complicating their trip is the hitch that they're not alone in the woods. Unbeknownst to them, a pair of escaped convicts is also hiding out in the forest, and due to a series of misunderstandings and coincidences, they come to believe that these bumbling former scouts are actually tough, well-trained vigilantes sent to hunt them down.

As the story unfolds, the scouts' reunion weekend turns into a hysterical escapade filled with mishaps and misadventures. The comedy often plays on the men's lack of survival skills and their bumbling efforts to demonstrate the scout motto, "Be prepared," a concept that they clearly struggle to embody. The group encounters numerous challenges, from setting up a tent to foraging for food, and as they attempt to overcome these hurdles, they rediscover the values of teamwork and friendship that first brought them together as children.

Despite the film's zany plot and physical comedy, at its heart, The Wrong Guys is a story about reconnecting with old friends and recapturing the innocence of youth. The simple premise is augmented by the genuine camaraderie and chemistry among the cast members, who bring to life each character's distinct personality and their shared history.

The humor in The Wrong Guys is very much of its time, characterized by the broad, innocent gags of the 1980s comedies. The movie also has the feel of a buddy comedy, focusing on relationships with an undercurrent of sweetness and sentimentality that underpins the outrageous scenarios the characters find themselves in.

The Wrong Guys, while perhaps not a cinematic masterpiece, is a feel-good film that is likely to resonate with anyone who has ever yearned to relive the past or connect with long-lost friends. The actors play off of each other well, capitalizing on their own comedic personas to bring about a series of genuine and humorous moments.

While some may argue that the movie doesn't push any new boundaries in the world of comedy, it remains a charming and endearing romp that serves up laughter through the lens of nostalgia, friendship, and the ever-relatable longing to escape adulthood's responsibilities, even for just a weekend in the woods with old mates.

The Wrong Guys is a 1988 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 26 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.1.

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    5.1  (941)