Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot – #2 film in the US (Feb. 21 – 23)
All-Time Domestic Gross $28,411,210 | All-Time International Gross: $42,200,000
All-Time Worldwide Gross $70,611,210
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot is the most successful punchline to a joke made for only Arnold Schwarzenegger to laugh at as we all suffer.
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot is a bad film. The film itself is uninteresting to talk about as it is a massive flop. It’s embarrassing. I turned it off due to how lame it was. It’s a movie that was indeed shot, edited, and put in a theater.
Stop! is about Joe (Sylvester Stallone) as a police officer in Los Angeles. He is stuck with his mother Tutti (Estelle Getty of The Golden Girls) who buys a gun illegally for Joe after cleaning his gun. She gets involved in some of Joe’s cases. She embarrasses him around his love interest Gwen (JoBeth Williams). She’s even packing heat to take out baddies committing insurance fraud. It’s simple and stupid all around. Even at only 87 minutes, it’s a slog to get through.
It’s also been talked about to death in hyperbolic reviews decrying it as the worst film ever made; a disaster. Roger Ebert did not go too overboard yet hit the nail on the head.
“There isn’t a laugh in this movie. Not a single one, and believe me, I was looking. The situation isn’t funny, the characters aren’t funny, and the dialogue’s idea of humor is lots of closeups of sweet little Estelle Getty using naughty words,” Ebert said in his review.
Stallone is at his worst sleepwalking with each step of the way. Getty is making the best of what she has been given. The one who leaves unscathed is the director Roger Spootiswoode who goes on to do Tomorrow Never Dies. No one really cares about this movie anymore and it is firmly stuck in 1992 for a reason. It’s best remembered as a punchline to one hell of a prank committed by one of the biggest stars of the 90s. That person was the albatross of action known as Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Schwarzenegger did not have a major release in 1992. He was sitting pretty after the blockbuster masterpiece Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 1991. Yet, his rivalry with Sylvester Stallone was still present. Both of them were massive stars in the 80s setting the tone for the decade. Stallone was the all-American with the Rambo and Rocky series (and to a lesser extent Cobra). Schwarzenegger was the former Mister Olympia from Austria kicking ass in Conan the Barbarian, Predator, and Commando. Both were neck-and-neck in popularity. Yet, Schwarzenegger and Stallone were always in competition with one another. They did not make it subtle either with jabs to Stallone in Twins and jabs to Schwarzenegger in Tango & Cash. Schwarzenegger would have the last laugh.
Stallone’s career was languishing for a spell in the early 90s with 1990’s Rocky V not garnering favorable reviews from critics or audience. His comedic turn in Oscar was hit-and-miss for most. Stallone set his sights on Stop! Knowing that Schwarzenegger had read the script. He expressed his interest in the feature and Sly came in to read. He got the part straight away much to the chagrin of Schwarzenneger. Except, no, it wasn’t as Schwarzenegger orchestrated it all. What was a big rumor at the time turned out to be true after all. The man himself was asked about it on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Schwarzenegger confirmed the rumor.
Arnold won hands down in one fell swoop asserting his dominance. The rivalry ended thanks to both investing in Planet Hollywood alongside Willis to bring Hollywood memorabilia and casual dining together at last. The two stop seeing the others as competition, but rather as contemporary. They became Cyclops and Ryu shaking hands at the beginning of X-Men vs Street Fighter. Both Schwarzenegger would have a hit-and-miss 90s and a rough 2000s. Finally, they starred alongside each other in The Expendables. That film series would celebrate the wonders of adrenaline 80s action film’s offered.
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot only appeases one person in the end to complete a joke. It’s a bore of a film that has a better story behind the scene than what is actually presented. It’s a lame film that would make someone change the channel. It’s bad but never in a fun way. It’s not worth your time. It’s not worth the celluloid it’s printed on. It was not worth writing about. Yet, the dick-measuring contest in the lead-up to the film? That is for the history books.
Revue Rating: 0.5 out of 5
Next week, February comes to a close with the English language debut of Antonio Banderas. The Mambo Kings get us into the rhythm next time.