Bringing together two of the best comedic actors of all time in the same movie should have been a recipe for success, but the combination of John Candy and Richard Pryor wasn’t enough to lift Brewster’s Millions above being a now largely forgotten mid-80s sports comedy. Understandably, there was a lot of expectation placed on Brewster’s Millions to be a gut-busting comedy classic due to the presence of Pryor and Candy, but when the film failed to deliver big laughs, critics were mixed on it. However, if you go into Brewster’s Millions already knowing it’s not going to blow you away in the laughs department, there’s a lot to like about it.
The film’s biggest strength is its plot, which sees a former minor league baseball player (Pryor) inherit $300 million from his deceased uncle, with the stipulation that he needs to spend $30 million in 30 days in order to get the rest of the fortune. This leads to some great scenes of Brewster trying to spend money in a careless fashion, even launching a bid to become mayor of New York City at one point. While it’s true that the script could have made better use of its talented cast (Rick Moranis also turns up in a small role), it’s entertaining enough just to watch Pryor and Candy work, making Brewster’s Millions an underrated work in both late actors’ filmography.
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