The first act to this rather standard buddy comedy is so funny, class conscious and inspired that the rest of the film's rote action/comedy beats can't live up to it. John Candy made a film career out of being better than the material he was given and that is the case here. Eugene Levy underplays and supports Candy brilliantly while engaging in a shy, sweet flirtation with Meg Ryan. Amusing, disposable distraction.
"The opposite of a Western is not an Eastern. That word would only describe those dreary movies in which one oriental gentleman thrusts his bare foot into the face of another. The antithesis of a Western is an urban and that is just what Armed And Dangerous really is." - Quentin Crisp