Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)


This movie is pretty awful. I’d say it’s the second worst Sylvester Stallone movie I have ever watched, but then I absolutely loathe Rocky V. SOMMWS (yes, I’m calling it that) is slightly more watchable, but it’s still a terrible movie, with painful jokes, awful delivery, and moments that felt humiliating to witness. Never in my life did I think I would hear Stallone sound like an upset child, but his constant “But Mom!” whines came off like an upset 10 year old who doesn’t want to do chores. And Estelle Getty’s character comes off as a mixture of frustratingly annoying, naive, and ignorant. She never approaches likable for me. This movie is so bad, Stallone actually says the title of the movie halfway through as a joke. He doesn’t sound like he wants to say it…but he says it.

This is the plot:

“Sylvester Stallone is a cop on the edge, patrolling the hard streets of Los Angeles and taking down the bad guys one at a time. But then his mom comes to visit. When she witnesses a murder while buying an illegal submachine gun, this cop’s mom becomes her son’s new partner to take down a group of villains so heinous, they committed insurance fraud.”

I admit that I laughed a few times while watching this, but it was more at the movie for existing than for it ever being actually funny. The after school special smile that Stallone gives Getty just after running down and busting a murderer who had executed his own mother at the end of the film pretty much sums up everything you need to know about this movie. I’ve seen mozzarella sticks with less cheese.

This was part of a major misstep in Stallone’s career in the early ’90s, though he recovered the following year with Cliffhanger and Demolition Man. Looking back at his filmography, I realize that while I prefer Schwarzenegger, I think Sly is the more interesting actor, and the better overall artist by far.

And this is still better than Rocky V.

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