Beverly Hills Ninja
Beverly Hills Ninja ★½ 1996 (PG-13)
Farley plays Haru, a pathetically inept adopted son of a ninja, who is, nevertheless, sent to Beverly Hills on a rescue mission to break up an international counterfeiting ring. There, secondtime spoof siren Sheridan hires the “great white ninja” to follow her nogood boyfriend and becomes the object of Haru's desire. Farley's extraordinary gift for physical comedy is exploited to the hilt, and the increase in Haru's tripping and stumbling (and in one harrowing scene, stripping) usually coincides with the fumbling of the plot. Rock's talents are squandered on a poorly conceived bellboy character. Farley's first feature sans fellow SNL alumni Spade suffers for his absence. Director Duggan, who also helmed Adam Sandler's “Happy Gilmore,” might want to start screening his calls. 88m/C VHS, DVD . Chris Farley, Nicolette Sheridan, Robin Shou, Nathaniel Parker, Chris Rock, SoonTeck Oh, Francois Chau, Keith Cooke Hirabayashi; D: Dennis Dugan; W: Mark Feldberg, Mitch Klebenoff; C: Arthur Albert; M: George S. Clinton.