(PG-13) 3 stars Cast: Dave Foley, Jennifer Tilly, David Higgins, Colm Feore, Joe Flaherty, Kenneth Welsh, Kevin MacDonald Writers: David Foley, David Higgins and Jay Kogen Director: David Steinberg Running time: 87 minutes DVD Stats: Widescreen (1.85.1) format, Dolby Digital Surround Sound, Spanish and French subtitles; DVD Extras: none What the box says: Comic sensation Dave Foley (NewsRadio, The Kids in the Hall) hands over a hilarious performance as Nelson Hibbert, a bungling executive furious over missing a "promised" promotion. Confronting his boss on the matter, he finds him murdered. Panicking, tripping and screaming his way out of the office, Nelson, covered in "evidence," is sure he"ll be pinned with the deed - even though video proves who-really-dunit. What Ed says: Among fans of The Kids in the Hall and NewsRadio, The Wrong Guy has become something of a legend. Finished in 1997, the film won the Best Screenplay prize at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, but was never released domestically. After a long delay, it appeared in a few Canadian theaters and supposedly had a brief overseas run, only to disappear without a trace, until now. So why was this movie discarded? It surely wasn"t because of the cast. Dave Foley is an extremely gifted actor and comic, Jennifer Tilly is reliable in screwball roles, Colm Feore makes a strong villain and Joe Flaherty and Malcolm in the Middle"s David Higgins can be counted on for comic support. It couldn"t be because of the premise. The idea of a man desperately fleeing despite the fact that no one is chasing him is a beaut. And it couldn"t be because of the screenplay - it won a fucking prize! My guess is that the studio watched the first 15 minutes of the movie, threw up their hands and said, "We can"t sell this. NOBODY could sell this!" I don"t know what Foley and director David Steinberg were thinking, but the opening scenes are positively embarrassing. Foley bounds into his generic office building, wearing an idiotic smile and accosting everyone in sight while chanting, "Morning! Big day, today! Big day!" in an extremely obnoxious fashion. Minutes later, when his character finds the murdered body, he freaks out and dashes around the room inadvertently incriminating himself. That"s fine, but he also punctuates his movements by screaming in an annoying voice that saps the comedy from the scene. Why Foley and Steinberg elected to have the character behave that way is beyond me, but here"s the important part. After its disastrous start, the movie gets good. Foley"s comic timing finally kicks into gear, the supporting cast is consistently amusing, the script provides plenty of good lines for everybody and the slapstick is inspired. The Bottom Line: While far from a masterpiece, The Wrong Guy is a funny minor film that will be of special interest to Dave Foley fans. You"ll suffer during the awful first 15 minutes, but when the comedy kicks into gear, you"ll be glad you stuck it out.

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