Having read Tim Allen’s book Don’t Stand Too Close To A Naked Man and then a few years later watching Crazy On The Outside (his directorial debut), one has to wonder if some of the material used to base the story on the movie might have come from Allen’s own life experience of getting out of prison. Although there doesn’t seem to be too many similarities that I can rhyme off the top of my head, Allen must have saved some of this content for the movie.
Not an over-the-top film like most of Allen’s family productions, Crazy On The Outside is a funny film with a character who grows on you. When Tommy (Allen) gets released from the big house, he discovers life on the outside is even crazier than it was behind bars. Tommy’s eccentric sister Viki (Sigourney Weaver) won’t get off his back, his sexy ex-girlfriend won’t leave him alone, and his former partner in crime Gray (Ray Liotta) won’t take no for an answer. Through it all, Tommy might just find the girl of his dreams and get convicted of love in the first degree.
Allen plays a character who has paid his debt to society and wants to rebuild his life by starting-up his father’s old painting business. Along the way, Allen gets forced into a job at a hamburger restaurant, gets tied-up with his old gang members and ends up being accused for a crime he didn’t commit.
The film shows a prejudice towards ex-cons, regardless of who they might be or what they actually learned from the big house. It shows us that ex-cons basically live in a world of compromise, humility and humbleness. Crazy On The Outside is a good film, but don’t expect this to be the all-out family comedy that you might expect from Allen or you’ll be disappointed.
Crazy On The Outside
20th Century Fox
DVD / Blu-Ray
Released: April 13/2010