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Ruthless People

Year: 1986
Director: Jim Abrahams/Jerry Zucker/David Zucker
Cast: Danny De Vito, Bette Midler, Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater, Bill Pullman
The Flying High team let go of the way out slapstick to make a 'serious' comedy and come up with one of the endless string of no budget star vehicle comedies (like Outrageous Fortune and Taking Care of Business).

Wealthy clothing magnate De Vito arranges for his wife to be murdered by his snide lover and her stupid boyfriend (Pullman), but lovable dolts Reinhold and Slater kidnap her beforehand. It runs and ends predictably, and actors like De Vito and Midler have so much more to offer.

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