This is a fine film, well written and well-acted with several deftdirectorial touches that will probably go unnoticed by the majority ofviewers. (The baseball scene, anyone?) It is respectful of its subjectmatter, which is the re-adaptation period of an ex-convict to hisformer life. I found it more akin in nuanced subtlety to Fench comediesthan anything made in America recently. It strives for realism andemotion while avoiding over-the-top mayhem and improbable situations.Sigourney Weaver is fascinating to watch in comedy mode as always andTim Allen is believable in his part. I also liked that Tim Allen'scrime was electronic pirating, a reality that is seldom even mentionedin Hollywood films. It's a given that all American comedies must relyon misunderstandings but, given that clich?, I think the trip to Francecover story for Allen's incarceration was well-handled and (for once)not offensive to any foreign nation. I rented this DVD out of despairfor the lack anything interesting on the horizon and was pleasantlysurprised. I don't understand that it didn't make any impact on the boxoffice given its star power and general appeal. This is another one ofthose little gems that can only be classified as "too good forAmerica".
P.S.: The film got a Zero score on the Tomatometer by Critics and Topcritics and a 62 % score by the community, which is an indication ofhow far removed those critics are from their public. What this means,of course, is that the public likes Tim Allen in whatever he does butthat the critics choose to penalize him when he does something totallyunpretentious. The IMDb user ratings also show two major disconnects:the first between men and women (men liked it, women didn't, probablybecause Tim Allen is not conventionally pretty and he acknowledges thedifferences between the sexes) and US and non-US users, proof that ithelps to be non-American and not know anything about Tim Allen torecognize excellence and like this film.
I thought this was going to be more of a laugh your ass off comedies,but that was not to be.
Now, I am not saying the movie is bad, and it does have its momentswith good comedy. But "Crazy on the Outside" is more of a warm storymovie. There is something heartfelt to the story. And the build up andturns in the story are nice, especially the way the story progressesaround the lies.
The acting in the movie was really good, on everyone's part. And goodto see marvelous performances from Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and RayLiotta, as usual. Actually nice to see Allen and Liotta back in a movietogether. And with only supporting roles, Weaver and Liotta does oneheck of a job with their roles.
If you are expecting an all-out laugh your ass off comedy, this is notthe movie to pick. But I think people should watch this movie at leastonce, because it is quite nice.
I do not know what movies some of the reviewers here watched, talkingabout killings etc. But this is NOT the movie that appears on this IMDblisting.. The movie that is here is directed by Tim Allen, starring TimAllen about a man who goes to jail for fraud and video piracy.
As far as the movie itself, it has a healthy cast of characters, a longlist of good actors, a pretty good script, some nice editing, some goodpunchlines and an all around entertaining story to it.
Flaws of course are present, such as no insanely hilarious material, nocrazy confusing story that jerks you around. But for what it lacks itdefinitely was a surprise. A light hearted, entertaining, interestingcomedy, with its little mix of drama / romance into it.
I have definitely seen worse and for this to come from Tim Allen, itdefinitely shows. His simple yet funny one liners, his actions, hissituations, all simple in nature but keep you watching for some reason.I enjoyed this movie and its definitely perfect to watch to pass thetime or with your wife / husband / girlfriend / fianc?.
I have never before reviewed a movie on IMDb (or anywhere for thatmatter), but after reading all of the negative reviews by critics aswell as fellow IMDBers, I feel compelled to start speaking up. Frankly,I don't quite understand why everyone seems to passionately hate thismovie so much. I saw an advanced screening of this and found myselflaughing the whole way through. I loved the cast, the plot, everything.To me, this movie had the only thing that I truly care about in acomedy: it was funny! Sure, you can nitpick about all the littlethings. The story was a little unrealistic at times. Why were twoyounger women in love with Tim Allen's character? The animated heartwas out of place. Maybe the story got a little corny here and there andsometimes the acting wasn't completely believable. But none of thatreally matters. When I pay to see a comedy, I want to be laughingduring most of the movie, and this movie allowed me to do that. I wasexpecting from the trailer that it was going to be one of those moviesthat gets a slight chuckle now and then but isn't extremely funny, butit turned out much better than I was expecting. To be fair, I shouldmention that I consider myself a Tim Allen fan. Having said that, I canadmit that most of his movies are pretty crummy, so for him to do thisas his directorial debut, I think he did a better job than thedirectors of a lot of his other films. I say cheers to Tim for tryingsomething new. His movies seem to be getting better. "Wild Hogs,""Redbelt," and now this. I think he's moving away from the corny familymovies and into some more interesting material.User: Bollywood_Stoolsoftener (email@example.com)
This is actually a pretty good movie, in a bizarre way. It is a mixtureof love, homicide and comedy. Almost all Americans movies would fill insome comedy elements, and by twisting a love story with a few cases ofhomicide have had this movie to be nearly perfect. Why they wanted toadd killings in this film, well, my guess is that people love watchingkillings becuze killing sells.
If you enjoy the experience of being able to laugh and be touched hereand there during a movie, then this one is surely what you are lookingfor. I like the way this movie is presented. There are no copsinvolved, and all killings are seemed to be the out of choice action.You won't feel sorry about the people got killed. I even tried tounderstand how the people feel in the film and what I would do if I wasthem. It makes me think a lot, while not making me bored.
The film begins with an almost-40-year-old college male lecturer, whonever got a shot to have a date with woman,now consulting hispsychotherapist for help with this situation.
As he keeps asking for a change of his being-alone-makes- feel-ALONElife, god let him met a girl who just moves in downstairs in the samecondo he lives. And with the help of his friend, he asked (not reallyby him) her for a date, and surprisingly she set it a deal. Then storyfollows with their development of love, until a stranger male isappearing naked in her home. Anything followed became out of control asshe's true identity is gradually uncovered as the story goes by.
The actor and actress left me a stunning impression. They really putsomething together that gives a burst of mojo into the movie,especially the actress. She is not the type of perfectly good-lookingfemale Americans star with 'beauty-full' face(she's obviously steppinginto her mid-age), but what she had interpret through the camera lit upsomething in my heart that shocked me more heavily than some of theother Americans pretty-face-actresses could do, even making me obsessedwith her. Leading male character is also played by a highlyprofessional skilled actor who profoundly demonstrated the creepy senseof the character in the movie. I laughed a lot during his love chasingscenes (and the scene in which he wears armor to have a chat with hisgirl, being afraid of that she might stab him, made me fall off mychair). Trust me, there are plenty of funny scenes in this movie.
Perhaps I have to say this film is kind of US style that only Americansmay have a thorough understanding of what is going on out there. I'mnot saying that non-Americans are not able to understand the movie, butrather that not many of them can be so. Anyway, for anyone who is tiredof hollyMOOD's special effect 'mustardpiece', and enjoy the experienceof a light-touching and refreshing love comedy, I encourage them togive it a go.
Crazy on the Outside is a delight. The first full length Tim Allen filmwith it all. Good script. Great cast. Good performances. Great music.The first really believable character for Tim Allen since HomeImprovement. Sigourney Weaver plays the hysterical inventive sister.Her funniest, best character since Heartbreakers. And Ray Liotta is theultimate good bad guy. Although Jeanne Tripplehorn, Kelsey Grammar, J.K. Simmons and Julie Bowen round out the cast, Kenton Duty is great asthe baseball playing son. Malcolm Goodwin and Jon Greis are wonderfulas the extra ex cons. This is a fun charming movie anyone can watch andenjoy. A real rarity.User: The_Cylon
I'd say enjoy it for what it is. Tim Allen's comedy 'Crazy on theOutside' was made to make people laugh. The title should be enough tosuggest so. I don't know why people were and why they should beexpecting otherwise. I for one had a great time watching it. withactors like Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, J.K. Simmons and KelseyGrammar, who wouldn't have fun? Agreed that the story isn't exactly oneof a kind but the humour is more than satisfactory. The dramaticsequences are a little clich?d but they are short and well acted. TimAllen, Julie Bowen, J.K. Simmons, Jeanne Tripplehorn, HelenSlayton-Hughes, Ray Liotta and Kelsey Grammar act very well but it'sSigourney Weaver who's the scene stealer as she delivers a sincere andnatural performance as Tommy's slightly crazy sister. Overall, if youdon't take it too seriously, it will make you laugh. Don't pay too muchheed to the negative reviews.User: callanvass
Crazy On The Outside has been unfairly bashed a lot of the time bycritics and movie-goers alike. I on the other hand found it had a lotof entertainment value in it, and for Tim Allen's first major directingjob|As far as I know anyway| he did a pretty stand-up job. I liked alot of the nutty relationships Tim had with his family, but my favoritehad to be with his sister Viki|Weaver|. It was caring, yet chaotic anddistrustful. I felt the humor it had served the movie well, and Allenwas likable and charismatic enough to carry the movie, though it waskind of disappointing with Ray Liotta's lack of screen-time. For myknowledge this movie was barely released in theaters, and wasn'treceived very well by any movie fans. I really don't see why noteither. Sure you can tell Allen is a little green when it comes todirecting, but the message was good, and I thought it had a lot of nicelaughs to it as well.
Performances. Tim Allen isn't anything outstanding, but he'sefficiently funny and carries the movie well enough. I've always likedTim Allen. Sigourney Weaver is excellent as Vicki the mysterious,lying, yet caring sister. She often stole many of the scenes for myliking. Ray Liotta is effective in his slimy, yet hilarious role.Jeanne Tripplehorn is solid if a little over-emotional for my liking.She had decent chemistry with Allen. J.K. Simmons and Kelsey Grammarare solid in their small roles. Kenton Duty is OK but rather annoyingas the kid.
Bottom line. As I said, I don't see what there is to hate about thismovie. It's likable, amusing and even at times, laugh out loud funny. Igive it a solid recommendation, give it a chance.
This movie absolutely snuck in to theatres. I never saw oneadvertisement or one commercial. Usually when a studio has no faith ina film, they don't advertise. That's a shame here because the movie isbetter than you would expect. Putting aside severe plot leaps incharacter logic and relationships, it's a sometimes fun and harmlessfamily film. Without question it has to fall in to the category ofsolid TV sitcom type movie but nothing extraordinary. I've always beensomewhat a fan of Tim Allen. So, watching him in full TV sitcom modeagain was good to see. What definitely helps is the fact that thesupporting cast really shines and pretty much carry the film. JKSimmons plays his usual quirky role to perfection. Ray Liotta andSigourney Weaver are fantastic. The only real problem I saw is that TimAllen shouldn't try and direct in the future. His bizarre choicesscreamed amateur hour at times. (Cutting to bobble-headed devilsinstead of sex scenes, cutting to a cartoon "angry meter" in his heart,etc. = awful)User: geraldgreen525
This past January, Tim Allen reemerged from his two year hiatus todirect his first full length feature, "Crazy on the Outside," a moviein which he was also the lead. Tim Allen is a good guy and his workwill a bona fide guilty pleasure (looking at you Santa Clause), butthere is nothing remotely crazy about "Crazy on the Outside." At onepoint in the film, Allen's character, Tommy, probably wishes he wereback in prison. Presently, Allen probably wishes he hadn't gone throughwith this mellow, clich?d film that can most positively be described as"watchable."
In "Crazy on the Outside," Tommy (Allen) is released from prison afterserving a three year sentence. Looking to bounce back and avoid themistakes he made previously, and under the watch of his deceivingsister Vicky (Sigourney Weaver) and his probation officer Angela(Jeanne Tripplehorn), Tommy starts to rebuild his life. Holding down ajob at a local burger joint, Tommy originally attempts to win his oldflame (Julie Bowen) back while trying to restart his father's paintingbusiness; however, as things move forward Tommy seems to be gaininginterest in Angela and vice versa.
It's difficult to find any elements of this film that aren't negative.If anything, "Crazy on the Outside" is an enjoyable movie to watch ifyou want to kill time or maybe if you still have parents that areawkward to watch smut movies with and love Tim Allen; if so, perfectmatch. Every part of "Crazy on the Outside" is artificial and recycled.Its craziness is limited; in fact, as the story unfolds you'll findyourself wondering: "when will something entertaining happen?" Allen'stype of humor certainly isn't unanimously praised; however, he has hismoments; sadly, none of which appeared in this movie. The gags andjokes aren't even close to being humorous and the silly moments thatare tossed in, such as a pirate statue winking; only hurt the film'sname.
"Crazy on the Outside," like many movies before, appeared to give aglimmer of hope from the trailer, but managed to fall into the safe,clich? mold that's come to be expected. The story is about aspredictable as any other; from the very beginning it is obvious thatTommy will eventually end up with Angela. To make matters worse, therewasn't even question how the two would end up together. "Crazy on theOutside" follows the typical romantic plot structure of build up,connection, disaster that rips lover's apart, rock bottom, motivationto not lose each other and reconnection. The worst part of the story isby far Angela's son Ethan who acts as the spark plug of Tommy andAngela's relationship. Ethan knows that he wants Tommy as a fatherfigure in his life after only their second meeting and it comes off asrelatively creepy and extremely unrealistic.
Certainly, Allen will be used as a scapegoat, but there wasn't a lot towork with as far as the script goes. The only way to describe Allen'sdirectorial debut is that he took the safe route. On an acting standpoint, Allen is Allen and nothing more. The trailer made "Crazy on theOutside" appear that it'd feature a more vulgar performance from Allen,which would be a welcome sight; however, that didn't end up being thecase as he was blocked by a PG-13 rating, which will undoubtedly be thedownfall and killer of "Crazy on the Outside" as not only is it normal,it isn't crude.
Aside from Allen, "Crazy on the Outside" features a lack of J.K.Simmons and Ray Liotta, two praiseworthy actors caught in roles thatdidn't need to be in. In fact, Liotta isn't even utilized correctly inhis scenes as his angry, aggressive persona is completely absent.Weaver may just be one of the film's few bright spots as she playsAllen's fibbing sister quite well and offers a good deal of care andspunk for the film. Weaver's Vicky could possibly have been the onlycrazy aspect of "Crazy on the Outside" as her lies only become moremonumental as they come and are the closest thing to entertainment.
In "Crazy on the Outside," it all returns to the fact that it is falsedisplayed. There is nothing out of the ordinary in the movie and itfollows a familiar path. For the most part, its characters, actions,jokes, gags, storyline and romanticism are empty, recycled andlifeless. Sadly, this is a step backwards for Tim Allen, both from anacting and directing standpoint, especially since he probably viewed itas a safe film. At the end of the day, Allen didn't deserve to beconnected with this project; though he must have been crazy on theinside to have gone through with it.
When i saw the poster of the movie i thought this is what i want towatch a relaxing And a hilarious movie . but it was so much far of anydoubt i had before . the acting is so slow and very emotionally poor Icould not even tell if this is movie is a comedy or dramatic .. So istopped watching it after only 16 minutes i just wasted my money and icant even waste my precious time on it ..if u like the slow progressstory.. a cold and none sense acting watch this ......!!.. i can onlyadmit that the story is Little bit interesting but it got in the wronghands . the acting and the direction was too bad even the sound affectis not attractive .it made me sleepy .the movie also misses the elementof the surprise .. as the story is new and the title is Crazy outside..i only could see a normal people and behavior . even the scene ifkidnapping was not too much ..the music did not help the scene .User: leftoverbot
Let me first state the fact that I can watch and enjoy just aboutanything. This, however, was a slow, rough ride. "Crazy On The Outside"deserves an award for the most predictable movie ever made. I liked thecast but as a comedy, drama, or even a love story, it was weak. Also itseemed like the whole movie was shot too dark for the kind of film itwas intended to be. The only characters that really achieved any depthat all were Allen's and Weaver's. I gave this a generous 4 out of 10.
And another thing that irritated me was all of the little specialeffects they kept tossing in as (non)humorous filler. I am referring toAllen's mother in black and white in the truck and the anger-meter whenhis sister made him mad, etc.
Also the two love interests were annoying despite the fact that JulieBowen is one of the most visually perfect women to have ever walked theface of Earth. Jeanne Tripplehorn's character left me thinking thatTommy would have been better off in prison.
Wow. What a piece of crap. I made it through this tripe out of sheermorbid curiosity to see just how bad a film could be. The back of theDVD had the gall to claim it as an "outrageously funny" - astraight-out, self-absorbed lie. It appears that other reviewers gavepity points to a vastly unfunny and unbelievable Tim Allen who musthave some sort of dirty secret on a Hollywood studio exec to get thisstinker made. But pity should not be given to someone making millionson the thing. They're paid ridiculously well - so entertain us. That'swhat we paid for. To be honest, I equate this to fraud as Milli Vanilliwas forced to pay back the public, so too should Tim Allen. Shame onyou, Tim. You can do better.User: destruk-830-818397
90 minutes with three chuckles, this film fails to provide muchentertainment. JK Simmons is actually the best actor in the film and hegets a bunch of one-liners. This movie's target audience is one whorequires all their thinking to be done for them - the 1:20 is simplywishy washy everything goes my way type of thing for Allen, then hegets a very minor problem at 80 minutes in, and has 10 minutes to makeit right. Just in case you weren't paying attention we get a zoom in upclose and personal with writing on the screen to tell us to payattention to this problem - it is stuck in your face so deep you can'tmiss it. You will come away from this movie remembering 3 things andthat's all - it could have been a 10 minute infomercial rather thanthis POS.User: DiamondGirl427
Yes...it was a comedy..sort of. It was also suppose to be entertainingas well...which is barely was. The characters had no depth..you couldtell these people were acting..and that the script wasn't somethingworth bringing to the big screen much less as a bargain rental from aRed Box. The movie offered major stars struggling through as if theynever bothered to learn their lines...or simply did not care to. I getthat Tim Allen obviously is a major player in Hollywood...and seeinghow his other films have been HUGE successes...this one falls flat. Noone could possibly believe this character had committed ANY crimes atall..no matter how minor. Even the "bad guys" seemed weak. Ray Liottahas made his mark in films being a bad ass...here he seemed about asdangerous as a kitten. I hope if Mr. Allen and company decides to doanother film...they find a storyline with more depth to it...Please.User: saucyswells
Tim Allen's directorial debut is very hit and miss...sadly, mostlymiss. The movie needs a lot of editing and a completely different thirdact.
The film starts as an offbeat comedy...and even though there are nohardy belly laughs, there are a number of clever ideas and lines (manydelivered by the under-appreciated JK Simmons). But with an all-starcomic cast, you would think there would be more, ahem...comedy. Halfwaythrough the film becomes more of a family drama. The humor totallydisappears and the quirky oddball characters become normal. The thirdact is very clich?, generic and melodramatic. But all the performersgive it their best---even players like Ray Liotta and Kelsey Grammarare playing parts that could have been done by anyone. And the film'sone running gag is actually funny for a while, but it goes nowhereafter the 100th mention.