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|O.C. AND STIGGS (director: Robert Altman; screenwriters: Donald Cantrell/Ted Mann/from a story by Tod Cantrell & Ted Mann/from a story in National Lampoon magazine; cinematographer: Pierre Mignot; editor: Elizabeth Kling; music: King Sunny Ade & His African Beats; cast: Daniel Jenkins (Oliver Cromwell Ogilvie), Neil Barry (Mark Stiggs), Ray Walston (O.C.'s grandfather), Paul Dooley (Mr. Schwab), Jane Curtin (Mrs. Schwab), Martin Mull (Pat Coletti), Dennis Hopper (Sponson), Tina Louise (Florence, School Nurse), Melvin Van Peebles (Wino Bob), Jon Cryer (Randall Jr.), Victor Ho (Frankie Tang), Laura Urstein (Lenore Schwab), Cynthia Nixon (Michelle), Donald May (Jack Stiggs), Carla Borelli (Stella Stiggs), Louis Nye (Garth Sloan, Drama Teacher), Dan Ziskie (Rusty Calloway, Guidance Counselor), Margery Bond (Mrs. Bunny), Nina Van Pallandt (Clare Dejavue), Thomas Hal Phillips (Hal Phillip Walker), Alan Autry (Goon); Runtime: 110; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Robert Altman/Peter Newman; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; 1987)|
|"I found little to
like in this incoherent, gross, and juvenile farce
by film-maker Robert Altman."
by Dennis Schwartz
found little to like in this incoherent, gross, and
juvenile farce by film-maker Robert Altman ("Cookie's
Fortune"/"Short Cuts"/"The Player"). It was more
irritating than funny. The teen comedy features
stories written by Tod Cantrell & Ted Mann
that were published in the National Lampoon. The studio kept
it on the shelf for a long time then released it
briefly in theaters before it was released on video.
It gained cult status as a likable bad film that
played regularly on TV, as it promoted the misfits
over respectable society.
two anti-hero angry teen pranksters, O. C. (Daniel Jenkins)
and Stiggs (Neil
Barry), are too callow and obnoxious to
sympathize with, as they finish their junior year in a
suburban Phoenix high school and decide to spend their
summer vacation to get back at their racist and crude
materialist wealthy insurance head neighbor, Randal
Schwab (Paul Dooley), for cutting off the old age
retirement insurance policy of O.C.'s senile
grandfather (Ray Walston), his guardian, and thereby
forcing the kid to move to Arkansas after the summer
and live with his hillbilly relatives. While the smug
boys attack cutthroat businessman Schwab with a series
of nasty pranks, they also come out swinging against
the sterile white middle-class desert suburbanites and
the greedy American institutions. Out of spite, the
teens buy the noisiest and worst-looking car they
could find and ride it around the neighborhood hoping
to upset everyone.
to the uninspired anarchy is Dennis Hopper as a crazed
Vietnam vet selling dope and guns, who goes along with
the teenager's scatterbrained plan of destroying the
Schwab home; Martin Mull as the exploiter sweatshop
owner perceived as the good guy because he raises
money for O. C. to remain home, by selling dresses for
fat women that are made for slave wages in his
Van Peebles is the teen's dead-beat street
poet wino pal; the gay drama teacher, portrayed by
Louis Nye, is an enemy who kills the fun in drama;
Jane Curtin is the drunk matriarch of the
dysfunctional insurance family; Tine Louise as the hot
school nurse; and Donald May plays Stigg's insensitive
misfire as loud as the pic's lemon car, and I thought
Altman's worst film.
REVIEWED ON 3/15/2013 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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