Wise Guys
Wise Guys (1986)

In this comedy, a couple of bumbling gangsters, Harry Valentini (Danny DeVito) and Moe Dickstein (Joe Piscopo) mess up a simple assignment, attracting the attention and wrath of their boss, Anthony Castelo (Dan Hedaya). As a punishment for… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: April 18, 1986
DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Nick Rogers

It's tempting to dismiss "Wise Guys" as a pointless, ill-advised forebear to "Dumb and Dumber." But even if only for an act, you sense De Palma striving for more artful zaniness a la the Marx Brothers or a grimmer side of the Ealing Comedy spectrum.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

A waste of celluloid.

Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

A mid-career faux pas, or the director's equivalent of the coruscating, laugh-stuck-in-your-throat dissonance of The King of Comedy?

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A lame Mob comedy, proving Piscopo is not movie material

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Brian DePalma, who made some funny movies years ago, seems to have lost his touch.

Rob Gonsalves

A terrific piece of throwaway entertainment.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
I know this movie doesn't get a lot of love, but it's got a few great gags in it. Piscopo is even pretty descent.
Barry Lappin
The funnies thing this spawned was a parody by three pidgeons on a Disney cartoon. Very silly but I had to giggle.
Aj V
A fantastic dark comedy about gangsters, I loved this movie.
Christopher Brown
Oh, DePalma, will you ever be mainstream? A decent gangster comedy that played better when it was out than now when everyone has forgotten it's existence.
Conner Rainwater
The thing about Wise Guys is that itā??s actually not that bad at all. Since De Palma is the heir to Hitchcock, itā??s only fair that you relate this to Mr. and… More

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