Written by: moviemaven
Love the cast, love the music, love the vicious comedy.
I had heard nothing but good things about the film Otis so I had to check it out for myself. Sure it may have won some awards and sure it has gotten great reviews... but we fans know that doesn't always mean diddly. Sometimes I wonder if these award hander-outers are confusing the process with a game of bingo.
But I am pleased to report that Otis does deserve your time. There is some lag time here and there but it does get the point across and above all, it is funny.
Otis is a lonely bachelor (and no wonder) who has some interesting habits. He enjoys reliving the glory days he never lived in high school, he likes to collect unwilling teenage girls and call them "Kim" whether they like it or not, and he also loves to lick the crotches of his sister-in-laws panties. Hmmmm not too sure about him. But Bostin Christopher is quite the convincing madman.
He has a job delivering pizza and he only has this job because his abusive brother (played wonderfully by Kevin Pollack) got it for him. But Otis has little time to work. He is very busy getting ready for the prom that he apparently missed about 22 years ago.
By far, the best part about this film is the family Lawson. Illeana Douglas, Daniel Stern and Jared Kusnitz are a collective dream come true for this comedy fan. They don't much appreciate their Riley being abducted so they take it upon themselves to handle it...only not very efficiently.
But they couldn't muck it up much more than the FBI agent who does nothing but drink cappuccino and call people by the wrong name. Jere Burns' performance had me laughing out loud. And his laser pointer should have gotten a credit of its own.
Hell I even thought Ashley Johnson was more than tolerable and I was never a fan of hers when she was on Growing Pains...but then she was only about seven.
Add to all of this a kickass soundtrack including many hits from the eighties as well as an outstanding score and you have one helluva film. When I first heard strains of Don't Fear the Reaper I almost wet my pants with glee. (it's my favorite song)