Reviewed by Dan Lybarger
April 16, 1997
Novice director Tom Schulman won an Oscar for writing Dead Poets Society. He wonít have to practice any acceptance speeches for this one. Joe Pesci (looking like heís getting bored playing gangsters) loses the title package at the San Diego airport when a yuppie vacationer (Andy Comeau) mistakenly assumes Pesciís bag contains his luggage. While there are some inspired gags (you wonít think of the song "Mr. Sandman" in quite the same way again), most of the attempted humor is obvious and strained. Itís disheartening to hear the cast members lament how something is going to cost them "an arm and a leg" in a movie about severed body parts. With a little more subtlety and a lot more wit, 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag could have been much more than gory tedium. ( R ). Rating: 3.
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