Grime Doesn't Pay 'The Super' Needs New Lease On Life

Posted: October 04, 1991

Not long ago, a judge in California sentenced a slumlord to live in one of his tenements. It was a sensational case, which meant that, before the gavel fell, several scripts were already in development.

One of these was probably "The Super," a thrown-together comedy that makes only a cursory effort to explore this premise.

Joe Pesci stars as the unscrupulous, miserly owner of a ghetto apartment building sentenced to live there after he refuses to fix building-code violations. The arrogant landlord is determined to ride out his four-month sentence without fixing a single leaky faucet.

If you think he succeeds, then you think Pat Ryan is taking the Eagles to the Super Bowl.

The actual outcome is far more predictable. The hard-hearted Pesci gets tired of ignoring his neighbors. He plays a little basketball. He dances to rap music. He discovers that his tenants are people, too. Faucets get fixed.

The only element of suspense surrounds Pesci's frightening hairpiece. Will it stay in place while he is playing basketball and dancing?

The only mystery is why he's wearing one at all. He had hair in ''GoodFellas."

And a script.

THE SUPER * *

Produced by Charles Gordon, directed by Rod Daniel, distributed by 20th Century Fox.

Running Time: 86 minutes

Lou - Joe Pesci

Big Lou - Vincent Gardenia

Naomi - Madolyn Smith Osborne

Parents Guide: (R)

Showing at: Area theaters

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