The Pest

This comedy can't quite keep up with John Leguizamo, whose energy is apparently boundless. He's being pursued by some men who want to kill him and gets in and out of close calls with extravagant ingenuity. Along the way he and the movie manage to mock dozens of ethnic groups and lifestyles, and his rapid-fire dialogue and snatches of song and dance—he even does a full-blown opening number—are so full of nested and wide-ranging references it's dizzying. Editing allows Leguizamo to keep up this pace for the duration, but you just have to relax and let the movie go on without you. Parts of it—especially a battle-of-the-bands set piece in which some rockers defend their musical taste to the death—are better than the whole. Paul Miller directs a screenplay by David Bar Katz.

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