'Gene Wilder Double Feature'
(ene Wilder, Gilda Radner, Kathleen Quinlan, Richard Pryor, Mercedes Ruehl, et al / DVD / NR / 2016 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: In 'Hanky Panky', on the run, falling in love and up to their necks in funny business, both Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner are putting it all out there for the laughs! In 'Another You', one lies for fun. The other lies for money. Together both Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor show us some great, and hysterically funny teamwork!
DVD Verdict: 'Hanky Panky' (1982) is our first look at Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner on the big screen together. The story goes as such: Michael Jordan (Wilder) is new in town, meets a woman with whom he tries to get a date. Nothing wrong with that right? Well he is chased by bad guys for having any contact with this woman and when she ends up dead he is sought for her murder.
In comes Kate (Radner) who tries to help Michael find out why these guys are after him. Well he gets the girl in the end and everything turns out for the best, with a few laughs along the way. The pairing of these two comedians shows us why they have been loved by many for so many years. If you like romantic comedies then you will enjoy 'Hanky Panky'.
It is almost "magical" to see a real life romance blossom on-screen. Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner's incredible chemistry is apparent, even if one is only half watching the film. The chemistry is sensational; you can really tell the two are falling in love, and makes 'Hanky Panky' all the more fun to watch.
There were also a number of great comedic gags in the film. The scene in which Michael takes over flying a plane is almost as hilarious as the scene in which Michael needs a change of clothes and takes a magic suit and can't find his change on a bus!
'Another You' (1991) is considered the last of both worlds in terms of Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder. Pryor appeared in a few movies as a cameo after this, but not many and Wilder just quit after this and started doing few TV films, but never did another theatrical film after this. Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder were accused of not giving it their all in this film. Pryor can be excused because of his illness during this which is noticeable. I really cant see how neither actor was good because they seemed to be enjoying themselves and having a blast.
'Another You' revolves around a man named Eddie Dash (Pryor) who is sent to take care of a mental patient named George who is mistaken for a man named Abe Fielding. Encouraged to play along by Eddie, George is now in the mix of a bookie and his "wife" who thought he was dead now believing he is "Abe Fielding". Eddie keeps encouraging George to lay along so he can get money and take expensive items from their house.
Pryor and Wilder play a hilarious duo who both cant be denied as one of the best comedy duos of 1980s. They worked on four movies together (Silver Streak, Stir Crazy, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, and Another You). Its a shock that they, like many duos (most notably McManhon and Carson), did not get along. Wilder wrote in a book that Pryor was a big pain on set of Stir Crazy demanding nice treatment and even claiming racism for one thing. Its a surprise because their chemistry on camera is rare to find in a duo in Comedy - even today.
See No Evil Hear No Evil, Stir Crazy and Blazing Saddles are better films, I think we can all agree on that, but I consider 'Another You' to be a film that is very underrated; even today. Most will rate it average though, for the story is a little jumbled, but the whole plot idea and some of the jokes are very 80s/early 90s - which suits me just fine! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.