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Ladies and Gentlemen, Elvis has left the building

  • Apr 30, 2000
Rating:
-1
Pros: Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Cons: quite a few

Cuba, Cuba ... did you have a contract obligation to fill? Truthfully, the movie itself wasn't all that bad but it was a detriment to Gooding rather than a highlight. Gooding is such a fine actor he was even able to help this turkey fly (wait, turkeys don't fly!) wobble a straight line. Sometimes he is just so cute you just want to hug him.

This poorly written, poorly directed turkey centers around a missing/stolen chemical warfare (God Bless America) bomb like thingy known as "Elvis". A nasty little creature on the loose that must be kept below 50 degrees to keep him happy. Enter Cuba with a stolen (procured?) ice cream truck. Who knows why or who knows how. While keeping Elvis on ice the truck has a mishap, spilling out the ice cream, Elvis and Cuba. I know, there are other people involved here too but I can only remember Cuba. Cuba and friend, ummmmm, procure a boat , fill it with ice cream, slide down an unbelievable hill with the boat and land in the river (fed by glacier runoff). There of course will be rapids and drop-offs to add to the mix.

Just a long line of unbelievable things these two get into. Thus making the movie somewhat boring and trite. Of course, there are bad guys chasing them wanting Elvis and there are good guys chasing them wanting Elvis. There is the Army and the Rangers. Somehow these two guys manage to stay ahead of everyone for quite some time.

In the end of course, the bad guys get Elvis but the good guys arrive just in time. They seal the bad guys in a big cave, there is a fire, Elvis has a fever. A really cool explosion and some really neat face melting on the bad guys behalf. Actually, probably the only gory part of the movie, but so slight not even mentionable as gory.

Unfortunate that there was not a better attempt to give this a good story line or some meat or something worth watching other than Cuba but you can't have it all I guess. An OK movie if you don't have anything else on the bill for the night, but spend a few extra minutes at Blockbuster and find a better selection.





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10 years after an army accident involving a chemical weapon with the power to fry the skin off every living thing within a five mile radius, the army major who wrongly took the blame is released from prison and is out for vengeance. The means? Yes, the very same weapon, which must in fact stay at a temperature 50 degrees or colder or it will detonate. Enter an ice cream truck driver (Gooding) and a drifter (Ulrich), who with the help of the scientist (Paymer) who designed the weapon, are determined to keep it cold and out of the wrong hands.
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Cast: David Paymer
Director: Hugh Johnson
Release Date: 1999
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: Warner Home Video (September 20, 2005)
Runtime: 1hr 42min
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