Simon Sez is a 1999 action film starring Dennis Rodman, Dane Cook, and John Pinette.[2] The film was directed by Kevin Alyn Elders, and the score was composed by Brian Tyler.

Simon Sez
Poster of the movie Simon Sez.jpg
Film poster
Directed byKevin Alyn Elders
Screenplay byAndrew Lowery
Andrew Miller[1]
Story byMoshe Diamant
Rudy Cohen[1]
Produced byMoshe Diamant
Ringo Lam[1]
Starring
CinematographyAvraham Karpick[1]
Edited byAlain Jakubowicz[1]
Music byBrian Tyler[1]
Production
company
Signature Films[1]
Distributed byIndependent Artists Films (North America)
Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International (International)
Release date
  • September 24, 1999 (1999-09-24)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States[1]
Budget$10 million
Box office$292,152

The film received extremely negative reviews and became a box office bomb.

PremiseEdit

Interpol agent Simon goes on a mission in France to save a kidnapped girl and defeat an arms dealer.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

In 1998, Variety announced that Ringo Lam would direct Simon Sez with Kevin Elders.[3] Lam later only contributed to the film as a producer.[4]

ReleaseEdit

The film was released in 1999, opening in Los Angeles on September 24 and then in New York on September 25.[1] The film grossed a total of $292,152 on a $10 million budget, making the film a box office bomb.[5]

ReceptionEdit

On the website Rotten Tomatoes, Simon Sez received a 0% rating, based on 20 reviews, with an average rating of 1.85/10. The website's consensus reads, "Simon Sez no matter how starved you are for something to watch, there has to be a better option than this dreadfully misguided action thriller."[6] The New York Times wrote a scathing review, saying that "its plot seems as if it had been fished out of the wastebaskets of writers who have written scores of better examples of the genre dating at least as far back as Dr. No in 1962," but praising Rodman as "inescapably watchable."[7] Entertainment Weekly gave the film a D− rating referring to the film as "a shoddy mess" and "a bargain-basement rip-off of Ronin and that Rodman was "yesterday's threatening omni-sexual exhibitionist turned today’s overexposed cliché."[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Simon Sez". American Film Institute. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  2. ^ "Simon Sez (1999)". AllMovie. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  3. ^ "Burton eyes 'Hollow'; Rodman wrestles". Variety. June 18, 1998. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  4. ^ Leydon, Joe (27 September 1999). "Review: 'Simon Sez'". Variety. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Simon Sez (1999)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  6. ^ "Simon Sez (1999)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  7. ^ Gelder, Lawrence van (September 25, 1999). Simon Sez (1999) Film Review; Dennis Rodman, a Terror for Terrorists. The New York Times Film Reviews 1999-2000. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  8. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (October 1, 1999). "Simon Sez". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 3, 2016.

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