The Pest (1997) (RR)

Director: Paul Miller
Writer/s: David Bar Katz, John Leguizamo
Starring: John Leguizamo, Jeffrey Jones, Freddy Rodriguez, Pat Skipper, Edoardo Ballerini, and more.

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Requested Review from AJ Cepeda!

The Intro:
Oh boy, I put this request off for far too long and I apologize, Sir Cepeda. To my defense, I have been quite busy with life and blockbuster reviews lately but it is about time to continue with the request show. Although I will also admit, watching “The Pest” was not very high up on my anticipation list. The outrageous, strange, and over-the-top John Leguizamo in “The Pest” was surely something I would dread watching for my first time… or was it?

IMDB Summary:
“A Miami con man agrees to be the human target for a Neo-Nazi manhunter, in order to collect $50,000 if he survives.”

The Oberrating:
As I discussed with friends on what film was next for my Requested Reviews, and I mentioned that the title was “The Pest” I typically received a “Oh God…”, “Oh no, that’s gonna be a tough one.”, and “Dear God, that is terrible.”. Safe to say I was not entirely ready to actually watch a film that received this kind of response simply at the mention of the title. I was ready for outrageous. I was ready for an “Ace Ventura rip-off”. Honestly, I was ready for the very worst. However, I do not believe I experienced something as bad as the friend reception made it out to be.

“The Pest” is without a doubt an outrageous and over-the-top film by John Leguizamo who plays Pestario ‘Pest’ Vargas. This absurd performance is pretty damn fun to watch actually. Pest may seem unintelligent and outrageous but there was actually a method to his madness. The man is a con man and in order to be that, you actually have to be pretty clever and smart. Pest is no exception. His character, as animated as he is, is a chameleon of a con man and his methods to pull the wool over his victims eyes are equal parts hilarious and equal parts clever.

The entertainment of this film is exactly what people are here to see if they so choose to watch “The Pest”. It has some truly hilarious moments that come from not only Leguizamo but many members of the cast as well. Easily, the king is Leguizamo as he dances, quick quips, and sneaks his way all over the film. His sarcastic comments were definitely a favorite of mine throughout the movie.

Regardless of how funny I found the slapstick comedy, it is glaringly obvious the overall quality of the film is plain silly. It is an outrageous concept and Pest is clearly a 100% outrageous character. While a handful of comedic moments had me laughing out loud, there were plenty I coasted through and thought about how dumb they were. Lastly, the first three quarters of the film were the most entertaining to me, but once the last bit of the film came to be, I began to tune out. The need to wrap the story up began to take away from the entertainment of this comedic piece.

The Wrap-Up:
It was nowhere near as bad as I expected but was probably as good as it’s going to get. “The Pest” was a fun piece of slapstick comedy and I actually enjoyed sitting through the film. Leguizamo owned this role, as outrageous as he was, and it is a memorable performance for me and is well worth watching if you are a fan of absurd animated comedies.

Rating: 2.5/5


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