(1990)1.5Derek ArmstrongMen at Work may never be loved beyond its marginal cult following, but for those who did indeed "get it," the squabbling of real-life brothers Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen is a hoot. Before both brothers starred in out-and-out spoofs (Sheen in the Hot Shots movies, Estevez in Loaded Weapon 1), they cut their teeth in this goofy look at garbage men caught up in intrigue and a dumpster's worth of slapstick comedy. It's hard not to grin watching Sheen strangle Estevez while shouting "You're a stupid little man!" Men at Work may not be for everyone, but for those who suck up this obnoxious humor with a straw, it's plenty tickling. Even more gonzo is Keith David as their shell-shocked supervisor, a Nam veteran who sniffs an ambush around every corner. It's not that jokes like this are so funny or original, per se, but that David in this case -- and Sheen and Estevez in others -- handles them with such bug-eyed intensity, the sheer energy level is a gas. Writer/director Estevez was smart to cast his brother opposite him, since the two have great onscreen chemistry. No doubt, some will find Men at Work eye-rollingly stupid, but those in the right frame of mind might just want to join that cult following.
A pair of garbage workers (Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez) are shocked to find the body of a city councilman in one of their trash cans. With help from a supervisor (Keith David), the duo must solve the case and find the man's killer while hiding the body from the cops. Estevez also directed and provided the screenplay for Men at Work.