|Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot |
(1992; Universal Pictures)
The paper-thin plot involves a cop named Joe (Stallone) who gets a visit from his meddling mother who enters his life and begins to turn everything upside down. She shows his baby pictures to his precinct, he interferes with his love-life, she breaks the law a few times, and ends up in danger. For fun!
Estelle Getty plays Tutti (Joe’s mother) and while she can be funny, the material here is predicable, weak and is really just miserable. Stallone still moans and slurs every line as he rolls his head and gives a bemoaning “mooooooom!” to emphasize his embarrassment. Actually, I like to think he’s more embarrassed by this film rather than his character’s mother. I don’t really know what was going on with action stars in the 90’s but there was a trend there where I think they all felt like they had to emasculate themselves for our amusement. Bruce Willis had North, Hulk Hogan had Mr. Nanny, and Schwarzenegger had, well, almost everything. I just don’t get it.