Wired (1989)

This film, loosely-based on the book by Bob Woodward, follows the career of comedian John Belushi (Michael Chiklis) as his spirit is guided through the past by the Angel Velasquez (Ray Sharkey).

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 25, 1989
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Critic Score: 4% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A tasteless unintentional parody of the life it attempts to dramatize, Wired butchers John Belushi's memory with a misguided screenplay and unnecessary recreations of classic performances.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Given the impossibility of his assignment, Michael Chiklis doesn't do half badly as Belushi -- he`s clearly a better actor, though not necessarily a better comic, than the original -- but otherwise Wired can claim only camp value.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

You leave this movie unenlightened about who John Belushi really was, or why he abused himself so badly.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

A good portion of the film's stroll down memory lane attempts to recreate some of the Belushi-Dan Aykroyd SNL routines, and they look pale by comparison with the real things.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The result is a film that hedges its bets but still manages to portray the destructive power of drugs.

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

The crippling flaw in the film lies in its mix of surface daring and inner funk. Inside, it keeps flinching.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Every time the film makes some sense, the sweaty and sleepless face of Belushi invades in close-up and we know it`s only a matter of time before director Peerce will make us privy to the comic`s needless death.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

What you're left with is a vague portrait of the artist as the victim of too much, too soon.

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Empire Magazine

Although newcomer Michael Chiklis turns in a sterling performance, Wired never allows him to explain why Belushi was such an infuriatingly drug-sodden slob, and sadly for a movie about a funny man its woefully short on humour.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

The reenacted Saturday Night Live routines that made Belushi a star seem grim.

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Dean McKenna
Dumb and strange biopic of comedian and drug addict John Belushi.