Four old ex-mafia wise guys are retiring in Florida, living in the same run down apartment house. But rooms with an ocean view are getting scarce, and the place is getting gentrified. When the owners announce a rent increase, the four come up with a plan to make the place unappealing to anyone else. They steal a John Doe from the morgue, dump him in the lobby late at night, and blow it's head off with a shotgun, staging it to look like a mob hit.
The plan works, at first, and they receive a reduction in their rent and a bonus for staying there. But the John Doe turns out to be the senile father of a mob boss, who vows revenge against whoever did in his old man. The four of them come up with bigger and bigger plans, getting in bigger and bigger trouble.
Although the plot is nothing like The Inlaws, the style is similar, and the movie is almost as funny. (If you've never seen The Inlaws, quick, go rent it right now.) It's great fun to watch Burt Reynolds, Richard Dreyfuss, Dan Hedaya, and Seymour Cassel contrive and sneak as only old men can. If you're in the mood for something light hearted and funny, rent this one.
© 2001 Dave Hitt