Men at Work Review

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Toxic waste is being illegally dumped off the coast of California and the politician who’s ready to blow the whistle on it soon ends up dead inside a trash can. As a couple of lackadaisical garbage collectors, Sheen and Estevez inevitably stumble across t


Written and directed by and starring Emilio Estevez, this tame and mostly nondescript exercise rolls along gently enough from one obvious situation to the next: our two heroes put a hat on the corpse and pretend it’s alive when the local cops turn up; one of them ends up stuck inside a barrel and there’s a big chase which sees them hanging on the swinging rear doors of a truck. The bad guys are all real cardboard cut outs, Charlie falls in love and there’s a few clumsy moments about the environment thrown in for good measure.

Also there’s exactly one genuinely funny line and it is this: “There are several things in this world that you never mess with - one is another man’s fries”. It is, however, a strength of Men At Work that Estevez has kept things very relaxed and casual: instead of the big loud mouths of most failed Hollywood comedies, this is a double act that attempts to go for the slow-burn brand of action and reaction.

The very weak script means that it’s mediocre in the extreme, but if you’re a fan of either of Martin’s boys, then at least it’s trash with the faint whiff of a sweet smell.