Pesci shines in 'Super'

October 04, 1991|By Lou Cedrone | Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff

TC The character Joe Pesci plays in ''The Super'' seems as though it was written with Danny De Vito in mind, but Pesci has no trouble with it. He's a funny man, which he proved in ''Lethal Weapon,'' the film he just about stole from Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.

''The Super,'' like its star, is a funny movie. However, it may offend a few people, those with thin skins, and heaven knows, there are enough of us around.

In ''The Super,'' Pesci is the owner of a ghetto apartment building he has allowed to run down. There is no heat, the electricity is unreliable and the rats attack in platoon formation.

When Louie Kritski (Pesci) is called into court, he is sentenced to live in one of the apartments, which he is not allowed to improve until he cleans up the entire building.

Initially, he is not that bright. He parks his red sports car in front of the building, and by morning, as we all expect, it has been completely stripped.

The producers of the film have done their best to cloud the ethnic origin of Louie and his father, Big Lou Kritski, played by Vincent Gardenia. Those who will not settle for this may think the film racist, and they may have a point. ''The Super'' does play with popular assumptions about various ethnic groups.

/# ''The Super'' opens here today.

"The Super ** The owner of a run-down apartment is forced to live in it.

CAST: Joe Pesci, Vincent Gardenia, Madolyn Smith Osborne, Ruben Blades, Stacey Travis, Kenny Blank, Carole Shelley

DIRECTOR: Rod Daniel

RATING: PG-13 (sex, language)

( RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes

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