Real Men ranks as one of the most underappreciated comedies of all time. It's easy to turn up your nose at the, campy, over-the-top action and dialogue. But, unlike most films that start with a preposterous premise and follow it to a logical conclusion, Real Men sustains its humor and pace from start to finish.
Jim Belushi (the tough, callous super agent) and John Ritter (a regular family man who's "average, maybe a little less") are perfect foils even as they slowly exchange personas: Belushi finding his more sensitive side while Ritter becomes a more assertive, resourceful, take charge 'kinda guy.
Real Men shares much in common with another of the funniest films ever made: The In-Laws. It's virtually the same premise: a buddy film about a regular guy dragged kicking and screaming into the covert, wacky world of espionage.
Both films hilariously turn the ridiculous into the sublime as the viewer first sees the story from the viewpoint of the "regular joe" whose life is turned upside down while he tries to remain calm. Gradually though, you come to accept the sincereity of Belushi's character (Nick Pirandello) and suspend disbelief at the preposterous situations because they're set up so well (like Soviet agents quitting in the middle of a gunfight because they're going to lunch - no incentives like we have in the free world.)
Well written with a great, bouncy score that compliments the film perfectly.
Finally starting to be taken seriously after some second looks and a new and growing appreciative audience.