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Money talks, bullshit walks.

My Blue Heaven (1990) on IMDb

Plot Overview

movingMobster Vincent ‘Vinnie’ Antonelli (Steve Martin) enters the Federal Witness Protection Program in Sept., 1991, is relocated under the alias Tod Wilkin­son to suburban Fryburg, Calif. (“the middle of nowhere”) in October, baches it in November—his wife Linda (Deborah Rush) left at first sight of the place—, and back­tracks the next month to New York to testify. On the plane he reads, I Wrote a Book: You Can Too. The inter­titles of the movie depict the chapters of the book he writes. He titles it, How I Got Here: Adventures in a Life of Crime and Punishment. It is evident he took a lot of liberty with the truth.


While FBI agent Barney Coopersmith (Rick Moranis) still needs Vinnie to testify (twice), “Tod” is under his protection regarding any crimes he may commit in the mean­time. After Barney is done with him, he's fair game for uptight local ADA Hannah Stubbs (Joan Cusack.) Vinnie takes advantage. (Eccl. 8:11) “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, there­fore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.”

(Eccl. 8:12-13) “Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.” The mob bosses one step up from Vinnie are in serious jeopardy if he lives to testify.

(Eccl. 8:14) “There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity.” We have good law enforcement officers going under­cover to pretend they're bad guys, and we have bad guys being protected as if they were good guys. This leads to some funny misunder­standings. We also have disposable Fluffy being replaced by “that one,” which isn't so funny.

boy and dogline drive(Eccl. 8:15) “Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.” Vinnie and his crew can't seem to find a restaurant that's up to snuff, but Vinnie does stock up on steaks at the super­market to cook at home. The bars seem to have a decent selection of drinks. In the sticks they don't have the opportunity for mirth they did in a city that never sleeps, but they still have regular American holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, which may not have worked out for them separated from their families and all. There's also the office party, kids sports, and pets. They have fun dancing the meringue bugs dancing with a step or two beyond the basics one may recall from a whole island dancing it in “Captain Ron.” There's enjoyment to be had in the white bread suburbs; one just needs to avail himself.

Production Values

” (1990) was directed by Herbert Ross and written by Nora Ephron. It stars Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, and Joan Cusack. The leads did their expected best and they had a great supporting cast. It's certified PG–13 being pretty tame for a movie involving gangsters. It was filmed in Atascadero, California, USA. It features pop songs from the 1960s. The car chase jumps from the start to the finish.

Review Conclusion w/ Christian Recommendation

“My Blue Heaven” is a buddy picture of a rube and a slicker. It's a touching comedy that exploits some funny moments. The humor undergirds the placid story rather than trying to jolt the audience. I found it enjoyable and recommend it as middling fare for people who don't like extremes. One animal bites the dust.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Decent action scenes. Suitability for Children: Suitable for children 13+ years with guidance. Special effects: Well done special effects. Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day. Suspense: A few suspenseful moments. Overall movie rating: Three and a half stars out of five.