Sylvester Stallone in Oscar (1991)

The Family Farce

On his father's death bed, Angelo 'Snaps' Provolone (Sylvester Stallone) promised to turn his back on being a gangster and become a respected business man. Easier said than done as the cops believe Angelo is up to some thing whilst old enemies refuse to believe he is going straight. On top of that the young man who has been working for him as an accountant says he wants to marry his daughter, his daughter says she is pregnant, a bag of precious rocks keeps on going missing, his elocution teacher is struggling to get him to sound proper and his henchman are finding hard to let go of the tools of their old trade.

Those who say that Sylvester Stallone can't do comedy should watch him in "Oscar" as he does a nice job of playing a gangster trying to go straight but having one of those days where every thing is transpiring against him from confusion over daughter, pregnancies, amorous young men and bags which go missing. Yes this is Stallone doing an old fashioned farce even more so as "Oscar" is set in 1931 but it works with Stallone delivering plenty of comedy exasperation and comedic attitude.

Peter Riegert in Oscar (1991)

But I have to say that "Oscar" is probably Stallone's best comedy it owes a lot the brilliant supporting cast who all deliver their individual characters quite brilliantly especially Peter Riegert as Aldo, Angelo's right hand man who becomes bemused by all the comings and going when it comes to the visitors as well as the various black bags. But it isn't just the performances which make the movie it is seeing how many famous faces show up in various roles with each one being a kind of smile moment.

What this all boils down to is that "Oscar" is just a pretty typical farce with confusion and comedy running free. But in many ways it is almost the shock of this being a Sylvester Stallone comedy which doesn't make you groan, well at least not too often, which takes you by surprise.