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The Pest (1997)

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Paul Miller

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About the Movie

It's a chase, a hunt, a party and a riot in Miami s colorful South Beach as John Leguizamo stars as Pestario "Pest" Vargas, a chameleon-like con artist who can go from being a fast-talking Chinese delivery boy to an unorthodox Orthodox Rabbi in the blink of an eye. It's an ability that usually gets him out of any jam, but Pest will need every face he's got once he attracts the attention of Gustav Shank (Jeffrey Jones), the crazy German who is hunting him (for his head), and the mob (the Scottish mob, that is), who want the $50,000 he owes them. It's an all-out, knock-down, drag-out to the finish, but Pest will do whatever it takes to outrun the psycho hunters and Scottish mobsters and make it to his African American girlfriend's house in time for dinner with her parents-no matter who's offended in the process.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 23
  • Fresh: 2
  • Rotten: 21
  • Average Rating: 2.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: When Mr. Leguizamo isn't doing third-rate ethnic parody, he is wallowing in scatological jokes that are so poorly prepared and executed that they make similar antics by Mr. Carrey play like classic routines. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Aug 4, 2009

Rotten: Pic exists solely to showcase Leguizamo's wild and crazy antics, which are very much an acquired taste. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Talented and versatile actor-comedian John Leguizamo indulges himself so totally with incessant mugging, mimicking and all-around showing off that he begins to wear out his welcome before the opening credit sequence is over. – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Feb 24, 2007

Rotten: Obviously, someone must have told Leguizamo he's a comic genius. Whoever did that isn't his friend. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Sep 9, 2002

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Customer Reviews

Cult Classic

This movie is awesome!!! John Leguizamo is amazing and this movie proves to be his best performance. Jeffrey Jones plays an awesome part in this movie!! I would recommend "The Pest" to everyone!!!!!


One of my favorite movies ever. leguizamo's best movie ever. would recommend to anyone!!!

The Pest

The Pest is hilliarious from start to finish u would enjoy all the impressions of the main character

The Pest (1997)
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1997

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