Bottom Line: Misses its target from its horrible aim.
“Joey! I washed your gun for you.” –Estelle Getty as Joey’s mom
Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode
Starring: Estelle Getty, JoBeth Williams, Sylvester Stallone
Trivially egregious action-comedy about a tough cop, Joey (Sylvester Stallone). He grows aggravated and humiliated when his mother (Estelle Getty) comes to visit, as she tells strangers personal stories and boasts about the dirt in his house. It gets worse: Joey’s mother witnesses a drive-by murder, leading her to travel around with him everywhere as a witness of the crime.
The cast here is definitely talented, but they seem to be disregarding the fact that they are. Here we have Sylvester Stallone of ROCKY fame, Estelle Getty of Golden Girls fame, and JoBeth Williams of POLTERGEIST fame. All three are downright fabulous performers, but with STOP!, it’s very hard to tell. The worst performance here, of all, is from Getty. She portrays the titular character, who is supposed to appear problematic. Really, she’s just like any stereotypical mother you would find if you were to turn on any TV show about a family: she obsessed over her son and cleaning.
If this isn’t the worst movie ever made, I’d be THRILLED to know what film is. Every little action is merely predictable, at best. This film is so poorly scripted that you only laugh when it is not intended. The mom-com genre isn’t very big, nor do I know if it actually exists, so I can’t offer up a similar alternative. So unrealistic and painful. Maybe getting shot by your mom would be a great alternative.