"Not-Mother ..." The depraved & ridiculous lengths these 2 guys go in order to out-do each other with the ultimate con-job is beyond hysterical! A great comedy that I'm surprised more people don't talk about. Wanted: More "Ruprecht - The Monkey Boy" adventures!!! "Oklahoma, Oklahoma, Oklahoma!!!" And Damn You, Deney Terrio of DANCE FEVER!!!
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Up until I saw Dirty Rotten Scoundrels the only movies I could give Steve Martin for were The Jerk and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. Throw in Michael Caine (who I love more by the day) and the Ruprecht sequence and this movie becomes the third. Frank Oz, Caine and Martin did such a great job of distracting the audience that I never saw the twist coming. Fun stuff.
Frank Oz is not only a great puppeteer and voice artist but a wonderful director. The relationship amongst Caine, Martin, and Headley reminds me of a sophisticated version of a Muppet picture. This film is criminally underappreciated and should be recognized as a comedic masterpiece.
Michael Caine and Steve Martin both hit a great comic stride in this otherwise uneven comedy from director Frank Oz. The material is a little flat until the always engaging Glenne Headly joins the picture, then there are a number of finely-crafted comic moments. Funny, but not quite the comedy classic it's been described as.