Rodney Dangerfield stars as a foul-mouthed, hard drinking, pot smoking baby photographer who is in line to inherit a $10 million fortune from his domineering mother in-law. The catch is that he’s got to stop drinking, quit smoking (cigarettes and reefer), give up gambling and lose a bunch of weight if he wants to get his hands on the loot.
Easy Money was Rodney’s first starring vehicle and while the scenario seems a perfect fit for Dangerfield’s persona, there’s way too much plot and not enough of Rodney’s one-liners. Oh sure, the flick is funny and is always watchable thanks largely to Rodney’s considerable charisma, it’s just that the script probably could’ve used another polish or two. Most of the time, it feels more like a watered-down sitcom than an honest to goodness Rodney movie. Hey, I’m not knocking it; it’s still a fun flick with some big laughs, just don’t be expecting another Caddyshack or Back to School.
As Rodney’s drinking buddies, Joe Pesci and Tom Noonan get some good scenes and have an easy chemistry with Dangerfield. A young Jennifer Jason Leigh turns in a nice performance as Dangerfield’s daughter and Taylor Negron is also a hoot as Julio, Rodney’s new son in-law. It’s a Rodney Dangerfield movie, so of course Rodney’s going to get the best line of the flick when he tells his mother in-law: “You were the inspiration for twin beds!”