The Master of Disguise

The Master of Disguise

Perry Andelin Blake (2002)

76min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This lamentably limp comedy cruelly demonstrates why Dana Carvey does not enjoy the superstar status of his Wayne's World co-star Mike Myers. Carvey plays a sheltered Italian youth, Pistachio Disguisey, who belatedly discovers that he has amazing powers of disguise and uses them to rescue his parents from the clutches of evil mastermind Devlin Bowman (played by Star Trek's Brent Spiner). When the nearest thing to a genuine joke is the bad guy's propensity for breaking wind whenever he laughs, you can be pretty sure that you're not in the hands of comedy geniuses. While some of the make-up effects are mildly diverting (Carvey disguises himself as a turtle and a cherry pie), they hardly make up for the lame screenplay, barely coherent plot and increasingly desperate mugging. Despite the producers' claim to the contrary, the original "Man of a Thousand Faces", Lon Chaney, can rest easy in his grave.

Summary

An Italian waiter is stunned when his parents are kidnapped - and even more astonished to discover he is the last in a long line of superheroes able to change their appearance at will. However, he must get over his disbelief and steel himself to defeat his arch-enemy if he hopes to rescue his beleaguered family. Comedy adventure, starring Dana Carvey, Jennifer Esposito, Brent Spiner, James Brolin and Harold Gould.

Cast & Crew

Pistachio Disguisey Dana Carvey
Jennifer Jennifer Esposito
Grandfather Harold Gould
Fabbrizio James Brolin
Devlin Bowman Brent Spiner
Mother Edie McClurg
Sophia Maria Canals
Barney Austin Wolff
Bo Derek Bo Derek
Director Perry Andelin Blake
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Edited for language. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 17 Jan 2003
Comedy