You guys remember Charlie Sheen, the actor? He’s been in the news a lot recently, espousing hilarious soundbites about things like “tiger blood,” “Adonis DNA,” and some sort of eponymous drug he’s addicted to. (“It’s not available, because if you try it once, you will die,” Sheen warned us. “Your face will melt off, and your children will weep over your exploded body.”)
While Charlie, née Carlos Estevez, may certainly be winning these days, I can’t help but feel nostalgic for the days he wasn’t playing the television talk show circuit like some Martian rock star. That’s why today’s MotD is Men at Work, an under-appreciated 1990 action-comedy Sheen starred in with his brother Emilio Estevez (who also wrote and directed the film).
Men at Work is about two shiftless sanitation workers who uncover an illegal toxic waste dumping operation in their hometown. The next thing you know, the guys find themselves in a Weekend at Bernie’s-type scenario complete with a crazed Vietnam vet, a pizza delivery man taken hostage, practical joke playing rivals, and beautiful women. All the elements for a classic film!
I’m not sure how well Men at Work did at the box office, but it constantly aired on cable, which is where I saw it. The movie is a riot from beginning to end, and while it may not have reached the same level of pop culture consciousness as the aforementioned Bernie’s, there are still plenty of scenes and jokes that resonate with a surprisingly large number of people.
Below are two more videos, the film’s hilarious teaser trailer followed by the now-classic “golf clap” scene.
Do you remember and love Men at Work as much as I do? If not, what’s your favorite movie starring Charlie Sheen?