The Pest (1997 film)

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The Pest
ThePestMoviePoster.jpg
Promotional poster for The Pest
Directed byPaul Miller
Produced byBill Sheinberg
Jonathan Sheinberg
Sid Sheinberg
Written byDavid Bar Katz,
John Leguizamo (story)
David Bar Katz (screenplay)
StarringJohn Leguizamo
Jeffrey Jones
Edoardo Ballerini
Freddy Rodríguez
Tammy Townsend
Aries Spears
Charles Hallahan
Music byKevin Kiner
CinematographyRoy H. Wagner
Edited byRoss Albert
David Rawlins
Production
  company
The Bubble Factory
Distributed byTriStar Pictures
Release date(s)February 7, 1997
Running time85 minutes
LanguageEnglish
Chinese
BudgetUS$17,000,000 (estimated)
Box office$3,506,206 (USA)
 
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For other films of the same name, see The Pest (disambiguation).
The Pest
ThePestMoviePoster.jpg
Promotional poster for The Pest
Directed byPaul Miller
Produced byBill Sheinberg
Jonathan Sheinberg
Sid Sheinberg
Written byDavid Bar Katz,
John Leguizamo (story)
David Bar Katz (screenplay)
StarringJohn Leguizamo
Jeffrey Jones
Edoardo Ballerini
Freddy Rodríguez
Tammy Townsend
Aries Spears
Charles Hallahan
Music byKevin Kiner
CinematographyRoy H. Wagner
Edited byRoss Albert
David Rawlins
Production
  company
The Bubble Factory
Distributed byTriStar Pictures
Release date(s)February 7, 1997
Running time85 minutes
LanguageEnglish
Chinese
BudgetUS$17,000,000 (estimated)
Box office$3,506,206 (USA)

The Pest is a 1997 American comedy film inspired by the classic short story "The Most Dangerous Game". Comedian John Leguizamo plays a Puerto Rican con artist in Miami, Florida named Pestario Rivera Garcia Picante Salsa Vargas (also known as "Pest") who agrees to be the human target for a racist German manhunter for a US$50,000 reward.

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Critical response[edit]

The film was considered to be a critical dud though it has since gained cult status due to a bizarre premise: A Nazi who has killed and collected every ethnicity needs a Latino to complete his collection. Film website Rotten Tomatoes, which compiles reviews from a wide range of critics, gives the film a score of 9%. While Jeff Miller of the Houston Chronicle ops "This film is utterly without discipline or focus in a way that—to one's shame—one eventually finds oddly endearing", Dwayne E. Leslie of Boxoffice magazine said that "The script and Leguizamo's talents don't mesh, so the actor comes off as more offensive than funny." But Bill Hoffman of The New York Post gave the comedy three and half out of five stars.

Audience response[edit]

The film grossed $4 million. On the Internet Movie Database, the film has an overall rating of 4.3/10 with 4,308 votes. Director Paul Miller provided an audio commentary track for the film's 2001 DVD release. The film was rated PG-13 for crude sexual, scatological and ethnic humor.

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