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Hops and Box Office Flops: ‘STOP! OR MY MOM WILL SHOOT – Literally, Please Stop’

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Stop! Or My Mom will Shoot is Sylvester Stallone’s attempt at an action comedy. Suffice to say, it’s firing blanks. Co-starring Estelle Getty (Sophia on Golden Girls), it was a spin on the overused trope of mismatched/buddy cops.

The conceit is a Hollywood staple, but rarely has it been used to such disastrous effect. Stop! is a Saturday Night Live skit exhaustively stretched to fill an hour and a half film. It is rarely funny—with in-jokes that become derivative within its first 15 minutes. 

Sylvester Stallone and Estelle Getty in Stop! Or My Mom will Shoot

Worse, no one in the movie seems to be having any fun, either. Stallone is disengaged from the jump—more than likely due to the startling realization that his old buddy Arnold had indeed duped him into making this turd.

Critics seemed to agree with his assessment. It sits at just 7% on Rotten Tomatoes with 27 reviews. The late Roger Ebert channeled their consensus best when he wrote, “It is moronic beyond comprehension, an exercise in desperation during which even Sylvester Stallone, a repository of self-confidence, seems to be disheartened.”

On the bright side, though, it isn’t overly long. That’s about it.

So sit back, shoot the top off an Anvil Double IPA from Ironmonger Brewing Co., and avoid cleaning any weapons with Clorox! I, the Thunderous Wizard (@WriterTLK), Capt. CashChumpzilla, and Mayor McCheese are busting gun runners in greater Los Angeles!

This Week’s Segments:

  • Introduction/Plot Breakdown – If one were wondering what movie is Stallone’s worst, the answer is pretty clear. (00:00)
  • Lingering Questions – Should this have flopped? In a word, yes. (42:47)
  • The Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot Trivia Challenge – Chumpzilla challenges the field to Stallone-tastic trivia. (1:03:31)
  • Recommendations – We offer our picks for the week, and next up in our “Tango and Captain Cash” series: We are the law! It’s Judge Dredd. (1:16:02)

And, as always, hit us up on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to check out all the interesting factoids—how Schwarzenegger pulled a fast one on Sly and more—from this week’s episode!

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Thomas L. Kelly

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