Pistachio Disguisey, a sweet natured Italian waiter at his father Fabbrizio's restaurant, can't figure out why he compulsively mimics his customers and desires to change his appearance. What he doesn't know yet is that these traits are part of the Disguisey family secret legacy. Fabbrizio has never told his son that he comes from a long line of masters of disguise able to mask themselves as almost anyone or anything by harnessing the great power of "Energico". Such talent makes Fabbrizio the kidnapping target of his former archenemy, Devlin Bowman, a criminal mastermind with a plot to steal the world's most precious treasures. At first Pistachio is not very effective as he attempts to control his inherited power, but soon, with the help of beautiful assistant Jennifer, he's spinning through a manic blur of eccentric characterizations in an attempt to track down Devlin and save his parents.
Unlike the "Austin Powers" series from his old partner Mike Myers, which includes less than elegant humor guaranteed to offend, Dana Carvey, in "The Master of Disguise," offers a film so family-safe it feels sheathed in plastic Bubble Wrap. Unfortunately, it's not even as much fun as popping the bubbles. It doesn't matter that the film is less than 90 minutes — it still feels like a prison stretch. Mr. Carvey has said in interviews that he wanted to make a movie that he wouldn't be embarrassed for his children to see. He apparently has a much lower threshold of embarrassment than his kids do. — Elvis Mitchell
2002-08-02 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of The Master of Disguise