Lethal Weapon 4
(out of 5)
Danny Glover is no longer the only one who is getting too old for this shit. He and Mel Gibson have had their day and are long past it but insist on coming back for one more Lethal Weapon adventure. This one reunites them with Joe Pesci, Rene Russo (now Mel’s wife in the film) and throws in new cop Chris Rock for good measure. The overly complicated plot has the boys intercept a shipment of illegal immigrants from China, with Glover taking one particular family in out of pity. The family has been brought over to make counterfeit money for a Triad leader (Jet Li) who will stop at nothing to get them back. Lots of wisecracks, even more death-defying stunts, but it just doesn’t gel together as well as it used to. Reports from the set indicated that filming had begun without a finished script, and the raggedy pacing shows this off all too plainly. Russo’s wiseass charms are underused, as are Rock’s comedic abilities.
Directed by Richard Donner
Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak
Cast Tags: Al Sapienza, Barret Swatek, Benjamin King, Bill Henderson, Brittany Gamble, Bruce R. Orchid, Calvin Jung, Cece Neber Labao, Chris Rock, Christina Orchid, Conan Lee, Damon Hines, Dana Lee, Daniel Getzoff, Danny Arroyo, Danny Glover, Danny Wynands, Darlene Love, Darren Peel, Doug Weaver, Ebonie Smith, Eddy Ko, Edward J. Rosen, Elizabeth Sung, François Chau, Gary Hand, George Cheung, Glenn Friedman, Glenn Tannous, J. Matthew Jordan, Jack Kehler, James Lew, James Oliver, James Wing Woo, Jamie Donovan, Jay Della, Jeanne Chinn, Jeff Imada, Jen Wei Chang, Jennie Lew Tugend, Jessica Jann, Jet Li, Jey Wada, Joan Frasco, Joe Pesci, John Harms, Joyce Ingalls, Judith Woodbury, Kenneth Jackman,Kerry Kletter, Kim Chan, Larkin Campbell, Lisa Rhianna Smith, Marian Collier, Mary Ellen Trainor, Mel Gibson, Michael Chow, Nancy Hopewell, Nicole Rosenfield, Paul Bollen, Paul Tuerpe, Phil Chong, Philip Tan, Ray Chang, Raymond Ma, Raymond Moy, Rene Russo, Richard M. Sieker, Richard Riehle, Rick Hoffman, Robin Link, Roger Yuan, Roland Kickinger, Ryan C. Benson, Sarah Sullivan, Shawn Michaels, Simon Rhee, Stephen Liska, Steve Kahan, Steven Lam, Theodore Touré Johnson Jr., Tim Cooney, Tony Keyes, Traci Wolfe, Wally Gudgell, Zu-Wu Qian
Razzie Award Nomination
Worst Supporting Actor (Joe Pesci)