Reviewed by: Tim Emmerich
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Kirk Douglas, Nancy Travis, Olivia d'Abo, Phil Hartman, Ed Begley Jr., Jere Burns, Colleen Camp | Director: Jonathan Lynn | Writers: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
Do you really want to see materialism at its ugliest? “Greedy” will demonstrate that! It is amazing how even in third-world countries, the greatest stumbling block to Christians is materialism!
Uncle Joe McTeague (Kirk Douglas) is rich and his relatives are trying to get on his good side (read early inheritance digging). Going so far as “cutting each other down” in front of Joe. But they have some competition, a young, blonde bombshell named Molly (Olivia d'Abo), who is his “nurse.” Molly is a 24-year old, English woman.
Cousin Daniel was the only one that stood up to Joe. His son Danny (Michael J. Fox) is a professional bowler who can’t quite win. Joe would give him money he needs to start a bowling business, but as usual, there are strings attached. Uncle Joe seems to delight in playing mind games with his relatives.
For people with materialism problems, this movie may provide a good lesson or temptations you should avoid. However, there are numerous sexual innuendos and skimpy outfits. Danny twice shows off his nude butt with it sporting a tattoo. The language is atrocious with over 20 curses and the name of God and Jesus taken out of context. They even resort to a country slur referring to Molly as a limey.
Manipulation and deception are the hallmarks of this film. While the film does present many surprise twists and yields an interesting ending, there is little moral takeaway.