Stallone has been trying to murder Rocky/Rambo for a few movies now, and it is probably this comedy that will finally finish the job. As Snaps Provolone, Stallone makes good-hearted fun of his street-wise Italian-American persona and also of himself as big shot. I'm not used to having much good to say about the guy, but Stallone has evidenced a nascient sense of humor before, and here he allows it to blossom. I'm not used to praising Landis much either but I laughed enough that I'm able to praise Stallone and Landis without breaking out.
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Wiseman filmed conditions in the Bridgeport Mental Hospital with a bare minimum of crew and equipment, which resulted in a devastatingly candid view of life behind the high walls of a state mental hospital for the criminally insane.