The Super In sitcoms and campaign ads, in wrestling bouts and movies, the insult — blunt, abrasive, in your face — has become the heartless signature of… The Super In sitcoms and campaign ads, in wrestling bouts and movies, the insult — blunt, abrasive, in your face — has become the heartless signature of… R PT95M Comedy Drama Joe Pesci Ruben Blades Vincent Gardenia 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Movie Review

The Super (1991)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
D-

Details Rated: R; Length: 95 minutes; Genres: Comedy, Drama; With: Joe Pesci; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

In sitcoms and campaign ads, in wrestling bouts and movies, the insult — blunt, abrasive, in your face — has become the heartless signature of American culture. The Super, which stars Joe Pesci as a Manhattan slumlord convicted of building-code violations who is forced to become a live-in superintendent in one of his own tenements, is a case in point. The super disses the tenants; the tenants dis the super; the super disses the sexy prosecutor; she disses him back; and so forth. The film doesn't even take sides. Whoever disses loudest — and cruelest — wins. Pesci, a genius of runty comic menace in GoodFellas, comes closer here to playing all Three Stooges rolled into one. The Super is witless, repetitive, and borderline racist — the sort of inner-city cartoon that depicts minorities as a ''class'' instead of simply as people. D-

Originally posted Oct 11, 1991 Published in issue #87 Oct 11, 1991 Order article reprints
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