starring Dana Carvey, Mark Devine, Jennifer Esposito, Harold Gould
screenplay by Dana Carvey & Harris Goldberg
directed by Perry Andelin Blake
by Walter Chaw Produced by Adam Sandler's Happy Madison company and directed by one of Sandler's sycophantic toadies (Perry Andelin Blake), The Master of Disguise is every bit as soul-sucking and painful as one of the comedian's own plodding star vehicles. Graceless and dunderheaded, the film's only message is that slapping people across the face is the best way to achieve empowerment, and its only reason for being is to serve as proof positive of the Peter Principle. Edited with a hacksaw and presenting an insipid child character (Austin Wolff) used for slapstick laughs before getting kicked to the curb, The Master of Disguise represents a lot of what's wrong with movies in the United States today. That it happens to be the sequel-in-spirit of Dana Carvey's "breakthrough" film Opportunity Knocks (1990) is what folks in the business call "sadistic."