OK, Father Luke Brophy (Anthony Starke). Let me get this straight. You want me, Father Jebedaiah Mayii (Leslie Nielsen), to exorcise the devil from Nancy Aglet (Linda Blair), just like I did all those many-many years ago?
No way! I can't possibly do that, my friend! Ever since I tangled with
Nancy my heart hasn't
been same, you see. Furthermore, I'm too old, too week, plus I've been retired
from the bible bashing business for quite some time now.
I tell you what. Why don't you try and dual with the devil yourself, Luke? Or better yet, why don't you ask those two televangelists, Ernest & Fanny Weller (Ned Beatty and Lana Schwab), to have a stab at
Huh? What's that you say, Brophy? You can't perform this sacred task because you're a bit of a tosser? Plus those other two will only do their duty, if they can televise their exorcism live on TV?
Oh, shit! Still. That's most probably why what next transpires busts a tit when I get ready to rumble. As a plan is set in motion - you can't always rely on devotion - regrettably the devil spits on mass - and when push comes to shove, rock and roll will always find a way to kick your f*cking ass.
If I remember rightly the first time I watched 'Repossessed' was not so long after it first came out in the cinemas. And if truth be told, I kind of liked it because it was one of those nineties comedies that managed to expand upon an old time classic in a very bold and funny manner.
I'm not sure why though. Now that I've actually sat down and watched this movie again after all these years, I kind of find it a mixed bag really.
Please, don't get me wrong, the story in itself was an easy one to follow, despite it meandering around in places, and nudging the central narrative onto a path that was somewhat predicable to say the least. Also, as much as I found most of the gags in this flick very funny too, at times some of them never drove the plot along in an appropriate direction, plus came across rather dated in tone.
Admittedly, I'm not trying to say that this film was total pants, folks. No. Far from it. For a start I loved the performances of both Leslie and Linda, and to me, their presence and their attitude in this movie made it a lot better by default. Plus here and there, I did get a right kick out of those 'class room sections', because they always found a way of prodding the hi-jinks back on track.
Overall I'd say that 'Repossessed' was a fairly fine film to watch. Some of the gags were a right hoot, and were an awful lot better than some of the japes you hear nowadays. The story was a pretty simple affair to follow, although it did loose focus on occasion. And all in all this comedy is well worth a look-see if you're a fan of either Leslie Nielsen or Linda Blair. Trust me. With them in this picture the price of admission is nothing to sniff at.
THE RATING: B-