In GREEDY, prolific screenwriting partners Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel tell the old story of a conniving family's attempt to wheedle an inheritance out of a rich, aging, and unlovable relative. Even with such popular actors as Michael J. Fox, Phil Hartman, and Kirk Douglas in its cast,
the farce feels labored and the absence of any truly sympathetic character undercuts the film's appeal.
The McTeague family converges on the palatial mansion of Uncle Joe (Douglas), a crotchety old man whose construction company has made him a millionaire. We meet the McTeague cousins--Carl (Ed Begley Jr.) and his fecund wife Nora (Mary Ellen Trainor); psychotic Frank (Hartma...