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Brewster’s Millions (1985)

If you saw my Road Trip (2000) post last week, you’ll know I’ve recently found myself re-visiting a lot of older films.

On Sunday night Mrs Screen Room Movie Podcast and I fancied a nice easy watch that we didn’t need to think too hard about and that we knew would provide a few chuckles. Neither of us had seen it for ages so we decided on:

Brewster’s Millions (1985)

You really can’t get more entertaining than an 80s or 90s movie. There are just so many great films from those decades that are infinitely re-watchable!

If you somehow haven’t seen it, it stars Richard Pryor (See No Evil, Hear No Evil), John Candy (Uncle Buck) Lonette McKee (Malcolm X) and Stephen Collins (Blood Diamond) among many others.

This is what it’s about according to IMDb:

After losing his position as a minor-league pitcher, Montgomery Brewster (Pryor) learns his great-uncle has left him $300 million. To inherit it, Brewster must spend $30 million in 30 days under a complicated set of rules that forbid him from donating too much to charity or retaining any new assets when the period is up. Unable to share details about the will's odd conditions with anyone, Brewster sets out to spend his money under the stern eye of paralegal Angela Drake (McKee).

Based on the 1902 novel of the same name by George Barr McCutcheon, this is the 8th movie adaptation of the story. Thirteen different film adaptations have been produced since the first one in 1914! Before that the novel was first adapted into a Broadway play in 1906.

This film is just what we needed!

It’s funny, it’s nostalgic and it’s got tonnes of charm as a lot of these 80s movies do. It’s also a real underdog story and I like those good guy comes out on top kind of films.

As if all that weren’t enough you’ve got Richard Pryor and John Candy in the same movie! What’s not to like?!

If you like films like Coming to America, Trading Places, Uncle Buck, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles and haven’t seen this I recommend giving it a go next time you fancy a nostalgia-watch.

Seen it? What do you think?

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