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Why is it that when someone makes a comedy film, they think that it's logical to comprise your humor of mostly dumb slapstick and not humorous dialogue? That's the problem with this film. The most clever thing about this picture involves the in-joke gag of the family name, McTeague (which is taking a shot at Erich Von Stroheim's silent classic, Greed). The performances are woefully unfunny and talk-heavy. The story also seems to have a dreadfully serious air around it, for a film that claims to be a comedy. Douglas is the only one who'll get any laughs whatsoever. When he's on screen, it's a real joy. When he's not, it's the other performers who try to hold the limp story together. It's not a pretty sight.