Back by Midnight Release Date: 2004 Genre: Comedy Director(s): Harry Basil (Funky Monkey, The 4th Tenor) Writer(s): Harry Basil & Rodney Dangerfield (both of My 5 Wives) Starring: Rodney Dangerfield, Randy Quaid, Kristie Alley, Phil LaMarr, Paul Rodriguez, Harland Williams, Eg Begley Jr., Nell Carter, Gilbert Gottfried, Leo Rossi It’s a damn shame that Back […]

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Back by Midnight
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Harry Basil (Funky Monkey, The 4th Tenor)
Writer(s): Harry Basil & Rodney Dangerfield (both of My 5 Wives)
Starring: Rodney Dangerfield, Randy Quaid, Kristie Alley, Phil LaMarr, Paul Rodriguez, Harland Williams, Eg Begley Jr., Nell Carter, Gilbert Gottfried, Leo Rossi

It’s a damn shame that Back by Midnight is pretty much Rodney Dangerfield’s career send-off. He was obviously not in the best of health during the film’s production, and things didn’t get much better from there, as he passed away somewhere between a year and two years after production on it was complete.

Back by Midnight is very much a Rodney Dangerfield movie. Like most of his movies, it’s Rodney against the upper class. This time he’s playing Jake Puloski, a kind warden at a privately run minimum-security prison. While all the inmates love him, prison owner Eli Rockwood (Quaid) is tired of Puloski’s constant inquiries about the sloppy shape of the prison’s facilities. As a result, Rockwood has given Puloski his two months notice. This comes at the same time that Rockwood is in the midst of selling his company to the very wealthy Gloria Beaumont (Allley). In order to get the inmates the furnishings he believe they deserve, Puloski decides to allow his best convicts to break out of the prison at night, at which point they’ll rob one of Rockwood’s many department stores.

My description of Back by Midnight doesn’t do the film justice. Allow me to give you some examples of what’s contained in the movie. One of the convicts is named Jerk Off. Another one, named Ears, has huge ears. Gilbert Gottfried plays a security guard. The midget from Bad Santa plays a prison guard. Kristie Alley winds up acting as a dominatrix to Randy Quaid, who gets pissed on by her pet monkey. Ron Jeremy even throws in an appearance.

Back by Midnight isn’t as bad it sounds, but it’s still bad. There are a couple cute bits of dialogue peppered throughout, and Dangerfield’s zingers always elicit some sort of positive response from me. Nonetheless, it’s still incredibly stupid at points, especially when it comes to that damn monkey that gets way too much screentime.
DVD: Barebones.

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