Released back when Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez briefly had some marquee value, Men at Work (written & directed by Estevez himself) isn’t a great film, but might be worth a few nostalgic warm fuzzies. In nothing else, we’re reminded that Sheen once had a film career before re-inventing himself as a walking punchline.
Leisurely plotted, slapdash and often meandering, Men at Work is the story of slacker garbage men Carl and James (Sheen & Estevez), who stumble upon the body of local politician Jack Berger, murdered by goons working for evil businessman Maxwell Potterdam (John Getz). Complicating matters is a tape containing evidence Potterdam has been illegally dumping toxic waste, which Berger planned to give to the police but is now in possession of one of his employees, Susan (Leslie Hope), who Carl’s been spying on because she lives in the apartment across the street from his.
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